Spring is just around the corner, in theory at least. One common tradition in our culture to prepare for what is one of the more enjoyable seasons is that of Spring Cleaning. We take extra time and care to go around our houses and do a little extra cleaning – more than we normally would. This can be a great time to explain the importance of not only daily brushing and “teeth cleaning”, but the importance of those visits to the dentist for our “extra” cleanings twice a year.
Most dentists today recommend that your child see the pediatric dentist for the first time when they turn one-year-old or get their first tooth. More than anything, this will be to get them comfortable with going to the dentist, and help educate you on all that you can do to help their dental hygiene. Your dentist will discuss any questions you may have and discuss when they want you to return for the next visit. For younger children it may be longer than six months.
For older children taking your child every six months is very important. According to the CDC in a story published last month by Fox News, 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities in their baby teeth. Regular visits to the dentist increase children’s comfort level with their dentist, and will begin to teach them how to properly care for their teeth themselves. Their dentist will also be able to properly monitor their dental development, and will be able to identify and treat any problems quickly. Learning about brushing and flossing from the dentist will reinforce whatever you teach them at home, and give them the tools they need to take care of their teeth and mouth throughout their whole life.
So if your child has never been to the dentist, and is at least one, or if it’s been a while since they’ve been, now is a great time to get them on track to a healthy lifestyle! Schedule their Spring Cleaning appointment today and check out the new and improved Haring Pediatric Dental, where GOING TO THE DENTIST JUST GOT FUN!