If you’re looking for a troubling statistic, try this: between 60-90% of school children, and 100% of adults have dental cavities, according to the world health organization (WHO). Despite the fact that tooth decay is largely a preventable source of pain and discomfort, the vast majority of people in the world suffer from it, in one way or another. And one of the leading sources for this chronic issue, is insufficient treatment in early and developmental years.
Parents, one of the best things you can do for your children is start them in on proper dental hygiene from an early age. We recommend bringing your child to a pediatric dentist as early as their first birthday.
Why, you ask? Well, for one, it’s never too early to start acclimating your child to the dentist’s office. Coming into the dentist’s can be a stressful thing for anybody, of any age. If you can teach your child from an early age that there’s nothing to be afraid of when they come to the dentist, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of headaches later on down the line.
Good Habits are Vital
Likewise, it’s important to learn about the care of your child’s teeth. Though their last baby teeth may not erupt until around 33 months, it’s important to start a basis for good habits and practices early. Although you may not need to address any issues at the one-year mark, preparing your child for a lifetime of good oral hygiene is key!
Bringing your child in early is also an excellent opportunity to begin to look for any signs of irregular dental development. Early warning signs for a number of issues can be detected and potentially solved–or at least addressed–with regular dentist visits, starting at around your child’s second birthday. Both bite issues and speech problems can be identified with early visits!
Following early visits, it’s important to establish a schedule of visits occurring regularly, about every six months or so. Several early development issues are easier to detect if there’s a pattern, and being able to build a relationship between your child and their dentist can really help!
Other milestones you can expect, are full dentist appointments at around three years, and x-rays of your child’s teeth at around five years. If you have any other questions, or if you’re planning on the future, don’t hesitate to ask us any other questions you may have! It’s never too soon to think about your child’s future health.