Children’s Dental Health

On 24 Sep 2014    

The importance of check ups
Children’s dental health should always be a priority. Building strong healthy teeth and gums will ensure good dental health in adulthood. Also, regular attendance at the dentist will mean that any potential dental health problems can be avoided. By getting a check-up every six months, children also are being given the habit of a lifetime. The old saying “prevention is better than cure” is never more true for chidlren’s dental health. From a cost point of view too, it’s a lot less expensive to have regular check-ups rather than pay for extensive fillings/restorations or even extractions.

When should I bring my child to the dentist?
Often parents will ask: When should I bring my child to the dentist? Baby’s first teeth arrive in the mouth from six months. Often it’s an ideal time to bring your child to the dentist – particularly if you are a new parent. Your dentist is trained in assessing proper dental development and can guide you on what to expect during teething – and also the sequence of which tooth appears in the mouth. For younger toddlers, your dentist can advise on how to help your baby during this teething time. For older infants, proper diet and oral hygiene instruction will benefit your child in adopting the best habits for longterm dental health.

As your child gets older, a visit every six months will suffice. Many parents in Ireland schedule a check-up at the start of the school year in September and again in Easter or June. By marking these times on the calendar. Not only is your child receiving the best dental care, it also serves as a boost to improve dental health and can motivate them to improve brushing and flossing.

Prevention is better than cure
Regular brushing and flossing is the key to a good dental routine. Your dentist will advise on the best time of brush (usually soft/medium) and the method of brushing. Flossing between the teeth will help remove material between the teeth and promote good dental health and strong gums.

Detection of decay and analysis of dental caries is most important in young patients. Your dentist may discuss a dietary chart which can be used to establish patterns of sugary food stuffs and their consumption. By adopting good dietary practices and reducing frequency of sugary intake, dental decay can be eliminated. As the teenage years arrive, an assessment of your child’s bite and a review of their occlusion can help predict the need for orthodontics. Early and frequent attendance will help to “build a picture” of development – and will assist in helping to determine treatment needs. Remember: we don’t have decay in our teeth when we are born! Regular trips to the dentist and good dental hygiene habits can ensure that we can all avoid any fillings! If you have any questions on children’s dental health, please feel free to contact your local Smiles Dental clinic.

Check out our other blogs on Pregnancy and Dentistry, Dental Fillings: The Next Generation and Good Oral Health made easy.

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