One of the best gifts a parent can give their child is good oral habits, and choosing a pediatric dentist is a great starting point. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to treat patients of all ages, from 6 months old to 100+. Training on how to interact with kids with an advanced level of understanding is a benefit even children appreciate.
Pediatric dentists have two to three years of additional study on the needs, available treatments, and oral development of children; and it makes a big difference in properly caring for their oral health. It also means that a dental office has themed décor and other features just for their young patients.
When to Schedule a Child’s First Dental Visit
All of the leading experts agree that children should have their first dental visit by the time they have their first birthday, at the latest. These experts include the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Recent studies show that children in preschool have more cavities than ever before. Children can develop a cavity as early as 24 months old. By the age of 4, one in four children have at least one cavity.
The best rule of thumb is to take your child to the dentist when the first teeth erupt. Although most of the teeth will be lost to make room for permanent teeth, keeping teeth healthy and strong for the long-term starts when the very first teeth come in. “Deciduous” teeth are more commonly referred to as baby teeth or milk teeth. Poor oral care of baby teeth can result in infection, disease, and other problems with the teeth that would not have occurred with proper care.
How Do Baby Teeth Affect Adult Teeth?
Adult teeth or permanent teeth are sitting under or above baby teeth. When infection and decay occur in deciduous teeth, the problems don’t stop with the milk teeth. They carry over to the adult teeth. If decay causes tooth loss in a baby or child, the other teeth begin to move and fill in the space that was left, which results in crowded teeth. A baby has 20 teeth, and it’s essential to keep them all until the adult teeth are ready to erupt.
A Good First Impression Counts
Dental visits can be scary for people of all ages, but small children can be especially nervous because they don’t know what to expect. The kid-friendly environment in a pediatric dentist’s office is the first step in making a good impression on kids. A colorful, fun environment helps children to feel at ease and ultimately have a positive experience. With a good start in dental care and comfort in the dentist’s office, your child has much better odds of having healthy dental habits throughout their lives.
Learn About Harmful Behaviors
When you see a pediatric dentist, you can be sure that any bad habits that kids are notorious for that have developed in your child will be identified. The dentist will help you and your child understand why it’s important to break such habits. These include brushing too hard, grinding, nail-biting, clenching, using teeth as a tool, and constant snacking on sugary foods and drinks.
Make an Appointment at Woodbridge Kids Dentistry
At Woodbridge Kids Dentistry in Vaughan, Ontario, we have a team of experts who will provide the best pediatric dental care for your child. Contact us about financial arrangements, appointments, options for sedation, and any other questions you may have. Send a text message at 289-236-1869 or call today at (905) 265-1KID (1543).