Whether yourkid has his/her milk teeth or permanent, nourishing your child’s teeth at every stage of development is a significant factor for your child’s all-around fitness.
At our dental clinic in Toronto, we understand that many dental discomforts can be avoided if the child starts visiting the pediatric dentist from the time his/her first tooth erupts. Give time with your child so that he can learn proper hygienic dental habits from the start.
Ten benefits to take your child for regular dental visits:
- Good Oral Habits from an Early Age
Parents along with their pediatric should instil good oral habits in their children. Visit your pediatric dentist at least once in six months to achieve this. Help your child to appreciate and acknowledge the significance of regular dental check-up and the importance of good oral health. With regular guidance from your dentist, it offers a great chance for your children to learn good oral habits – like brushing and flossing, from professionals.
- Oral Discomforts can be caught at an Early Age
Addressing oral discomforts at an early age stops diseases from getting worse and saves money and time. Since many children need time and skill to master the technique of brushing and flossing their teeth effectively, regular visits to the dentist should not be missed at any cost.
- Prevents the Tooth Cavity and Decay
Especially when children start going to school, they become more prone to tooth decay and cavities with tempting snacks and lunches around them.
The bacteria forms the plaque which causes the tooth cavities and decay in the long run. Since tooth decay is one of the most frequent child’s discomfort, finding these discomforts at an early age becomes a necessity. A vital part of the regular dental check-up is to find decay and cavities before they worsen.
- Prevents Malocclusion
Occlusion is the alignment of teeth, which says that your teeth should fit in the jaws perfectly without any crowding and spacing issues. On the other hand, Malocclusion is the misalignment of teeth which also includes rotated and twisted teeth.
- Causes of malocclusion
Malocclusion is an inherited trait. It gets passed down from one generation to the next generation. There are certain habits that may lead to the change in the shape and structure of the jaw. These include:
- Regular use of a pacifier even after the age of three
- Prolonged use of bottle-feeding
- Thumb sucking in early childhood
- Injuries that can cause misalignment of the jaw
- Poor dental care that is the result of improper dental fillings, crowns, or braces
- Airway obstruction (mouth breathing)
- Allergies or by enlarged adenoids or tonsils
- Symptoms of malocclusion
Milk teeth serve as the bedrock foundation of permanent teeth. And therefore, the spacing between the teeth should be appropriate. Ignoring the oral health of your child can lead to alignment problems.
- Poor alignment of teeth
- Biting of the tongue or inner cheeks frequently
- Discomfort during chewing
- Speech discomforts
With regular dental visits, malocclusion can be discovered at an early stage. Further, it will be easy for the pediatric dentist to correct the misaligned position of the teeth.
- The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene
Educating your child to appreciate the importance of good oral hygiene. Regular visits to the pediatric dentist should start when the child turns two. The pediatric dentist will not only help to detect any of the dental issues but also can help choose a toothbrush that is intended for your child’s soft gums. With regular visits to the dentist, the child develops a good outlook towards dental checkups and oral care.
- Importance of Reducing Sugar Intake
No doubt, children love chocolates and sugary candies. It is next to impossible to convince the kids to cut down the sugary food. Good news is when you bring your child to the dentist, the child learns how important it is to keep dental health in a good condition. Further, a pediatric dentist can assist in telling how healthy diet intake can help prevent tooth cavities and decay.
- Keeping your Child’s Oral Health Good
Once the child attains the age of two, different dental procedures can be performed to minimise the discomforts. This can include the removal of tartar and plaque deposits. When and if these discomforts are ignored, it can lead to cavities.
Because most children aren’t able to brush their teeth properly, especially when it comes to cleaning of molar teeth. The stains on the teeth’s surface should also be cleaned. Your pediatric dentist will keep you informed about the conditions at quite an early age.
- Healthy Development of Your Child’s Teeth and Mouth
Visiting the pediatric dentist at least once in six months improves the health of your child’s teeth and mouth. Baby teeth lay the foundation for adult teeth – so if baby teeth are healthy, it becomes easier for adult teeth to come in a healthier state.
- Fluoride treatment
Your pediatric dentist can ask you to go for a fluoride treatment which includes restoring natural minerals (fluorine) of teeth that makes your teeth strong and prevent cavities. The treatment takes not more than five minutes. The dentist applies fluoride gel or foam to teeth that come either in bubble gum or grape flavour. The child shouldn’t take any solid food or water for the next thirty minutes.
- Overall Dental Hygiene
The pediatric dentist also checks for sores or bumps on the child’s tongue, inner cheeks or on the palate (roof) of the mouth. If the dentist seeks dental X-rays can also be taken to study the position and shape of roots of the teeth.
The bottom line is that the overall oral health of your child depends on how you help your child to perceive these dental check-ups. Maintaining healthy teeth during the early stages of a child’s development helps prevent orthodontic work in future. Stay informed about the overall child’s oral development.