The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommended that the age for a first dental visit is no later than the first birthday or when the first tooth appears (primary teeth erupts at about six months of age). It might sound unusual and unbelievable, but you must be aware that baby teeth are vulnerable to cavities as soon as they appear in the mouth.
A study shows that more than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they reached kindergarten. If these cavities are left untreated, it will progress to tooth decay. And a tooth decay left untreated may result in secondary infections, anemia, malnutrition, heart diseases, etc.
To counter secondary infections, early dental visits is a prerequisite. Listed below are the advantages of early dental visits:
Early dental visit enlightens parents about their babies oral health. Parents play a significant role in taking care of their child’s oral health. Dental visits would provide parents answers regarding their concerns about their child’s dental care. Importance of oral hygiene will also be explained, and they will be trained in proper ways to care for their babies teeth and gums.
Detection of early signs of teeth problems is a good thing. Babies teeth are very vulnerable to cavities and dental problems such as gingivitis and tooth decay, which may be caused by genetics. With early detection and diagnosis comes early treatment. Early treatment can lower impending orthodontic expenses and can lead to a healthier and improved oral health.
An early dental visit will also make your babies accustomed to their dentist, the eery clinic, and the creepy, scary, weird looking dental equipments. Initiating dental appointments at an early age will help expose your children to that new environment, increasing chances of making them feel safe and secure plus improving their outlook of the dental office making it part of their regular life.
Remember that It’s never too early or too late towards creating healthier teeth and gums. Early dental visit creates good oral habits. As what Dr. Kathryn Kell, Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI) President once said “Oral disease can impact every aspect of life and are associated with many general health conditions. Knowing how to protect your mouth and body at all ages contributes to a better quality of life.”
For your child’s Dental Care, we at Garrisonville Dental provides Pediatric Dentistry services. Call us at 540-318-1794. We are located at 481 Garrisonville Rd #105, Stafford, VA 22554.