Having a healthy mouth is an essential part of being healthy overall. That is why it is so important to get your kids used to pediatric dentistry and to teach them good oral hygiene habits at an early age. By getting your child comfortable at the dentist’s office while they are young, you are setting them up for a lifetime of good habits.
Why are Baby Teeth So Important?
Did you know that your children’s teeth started to form before they were even born? The first 20 teeth that your children get are known as their “primary teeth” or baby teeth. Even though they typically start falling out by the time your child is six, it is still important to take good care of them. Healthy baby teeth are important for:
- Developing strong muscle and jaw bones
- Being able to chew and eat properly
- Developing speech
- Helping to promote proper positioning of permanent teeth
- A healthy appearance
Pediatric dentistry is all about taking care of your child’s baby teeth and helping them transition smoothly to their permanent teeth.
Setting Your Child Up for Success with Pediatric Dentistry
In order to prevent your child from experiencing unnecessary discomfort and expense in their later years, it is important to instill good habits in them while they are young. Keep in mind the following tips:
- Establish healthy eating habits: It is important to resist the temptation of sugary snacks as more than an occasional treat. The teeth and gums require a well-balanced diet in order to be healthy. It is much easier to establish healthy eating habits when children are young.
- Teach them that the dentist is their friend: You do not want your child to grow up fearing the dentist. Be sure not to pass on any of your own dental phobias.
- See the dentist regularly: It is important to start bringing your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears. A surprising number of children under 5 have actually never been to the dentist.
- Establish a good oral hygiene routine: Until they are able to do it properly themselves, it is important for you to brush your child’s teeth twice a day. Even after they take over the job, be sure to supervise.
If you would like to learn more about promoting your child’s healthy with pediatric dentistry, you’ve come to the right place. Our team at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry would be more than happy to meet you and your child and get them started on the journey to optimal oral health. Contact us today to book an appointment in Layton and get started!