Dental decay is the #1 most common chronic childhood illness, more common even than asthma! The good news though is that good dietary and oral hygiene habits can help prevent tooth decay. Even though your child’s primary (baby) teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth, they are very important to the growth and development of your child. These teeth allow your child to speak, chew their food, and smile with confidence. They are also vital to holding the space necessary for the permanent teeth. Keeping the primary teeth healthy prevents pain and infection in your child, and premature loss of baby teeth can lead to complicated orthodontic problems.
Our dental team is well equipped to treat your child! We enjoy educating parents and children on proper hygiene and dietary habits, and do so in a way that makes it fun for the kids!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist at 6 months of age, or when the first tooth erupts, whichever is first. We follow that recommendation, but it is more common to start seeing children when they are 2-3 years of age. The early appointments help establish a healthy dental home, and allow us to offer preventative measures to parents and children before cavities develop.