Dentistry for Kids
When did you first go to the dentist? Many of us remember going to the dentist for our first exam before we started kindergarten. According to research, that’s about 4 years too late. While many people think that children’s dental care doesn’t have to start until they reach school age, kids can begin having problems in their mouths much earlier than that. If children don’t visit the dentist and take care of their teeth now, they could be in for many problems later. How they take care of their mouths now could impact their dental health for the rest of their lives. Let Spektor Dental tell you about dentistry for kids.
Why Should I Worry About My Kid’s Teeth? They’re Going to Lose Them Anyway
Many adults aren’t worried about their kid’s teeth because they know they will lose their baby teeth, and their permanent teeth will grow in. If a child gets a cavity on one of their baby teeth, it’s no big deal, right? Research has found that kids who don’t take care of their teeth when they are young may have problems with their dental care later. If they have poor oral hygiene, their permanent teeth may come in damaged, or they may not get any teeth at all. That’s why it is so important to care for children’s teeth when their first baby teeth erupt.
What Can a Dentist Do to Help My Child’s Teeth?
First, we will have a look at their teeth, to see if they are coming in properly. This is important, because baby teeth pave the way for permanent teeth. We want permanent teeth to come in straight and strong. We may also take x-rays of your child’s teeth, to see if there are any problems. We will check for cavities or other issues. We will also make sure your child’s teeth are bright and shiny when they leave our chair.
We might also make some recommendations to you about how best to care for your child’s teeth. For example, if your baby doesn’t have teeth yet, but is just starting solid foods, you can use a washcloth to clean his or her gums. There are also special toothbrushes and toothpaste made for babies. If your toddler wants to brush his teeth, let him or her have some independence. Just check on them and make sure their teeth got clean. Older children can take care of their teeth, just make sure they do brush. Sometimes, they get in such a hurry to catch the bus they forget to brush!
We try to make dental visits as painless as possible for your children. You can begin bringing them in to see us around their first birthday, even if they don’t have teeth yet. We love getting to know young children because we don’t want them to be afraid of the dentist. We love children because they make life exciting - and entertaining.
If you want more information about protecting your child’s teeth, give Spektor Dental a call at (425) 247-3629. We love to talk about teeth and how we can help keep teeth shiny and clean for years to come.