Bringing your child to the dentist is crucial in maintaining a healthy, bright smile. It is advised that all parents find a suitable dentist before a child has turned one by looking at recommendations through the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists) or the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). By establishing your child with a trained pediatric dentist, they are able to receive the preventative and corrective care that they need.
Before the First Visit
When bringing your child to the dentist for the first time, you may be tempted to talk to them about what to expect. Unfortunately, talking too much about certain procedures can scare children, making them hesitant to go into the office for treatment. In this case, it is important to leave the talking to the dentist as they will be able to explain it to your child in a way that does not induce fear. Pediatric dentists are trained to work with children of all ages and varying needs, explaining procedures and treatments to them in a way that is easy to understand and not scary. It may also help to bring an older sibling with them to their appointment so that they can see how other children do while in the office.
Why Regular Care is Important
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, premature loss of baby teeth has been found to cause a loss of space that is needed for proper eruption of adult teeth later on, causing the need for extensive orthodontic work. Children who are susceptible to dental decay may also be more likely to have issues with decay later in life, causing years of comprehensive treatment needed to maintain a healthy smile. Dental decay may also be a sign of poor nutrition and can result in self-esteem and confidence issues that can deter them from performing properly in school.
By visiting us here at Bright Star Sapphire Dental, we can help your child to have a positive experience that gets them feeling confident in their smile. We offer painless extractions that are non-traumatic, quick, and are easy healing. We offer many other options such as sealants and space maintainers to promote a healthy smile from childhood to adulthood.