Taking good care of your teeth should begin very early in life. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist as soon as their first birthday. Being vigilant about oral care early on in life has many advantages. For example, dental problems can be detected or prevented earlier, before becoming larger issues. You can also establish good dental habits and build a solid foundation of trust with your child’s dentist.
Baby teeth generally start coming in between six and eight months of age. Most children have a complete of set of baby teeth by their third birthday. Around age six, children start to lose their first set of teeth, and permanent teeth start to grow into place. Usually by around the age of 12 a child will have a near-complete set of permanent teeth. Wisdom teeth, the final set of molars, arrive in the late teens or early twenties.
Just like adults, it is recommended children see their dentist twice a year. During these semi-annual appointments, x-rays may be ordered, and any areas of concern will be noted. The teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, and fluoride applied to chewing surfaces. Your child will also be taught how to properly brush and floss. The dentist will also bring up any concerns and possible treatments, such as fillings or the need for braces.
If your child has a toothache, it’s important that they see their dentist as quickly as possible. In some instances, treatment may be required immediately. In other situations, pain may simply be a sign that better at-home oral care is needed.
Parents play a large role in the development of their child’s teeth. Some very good habits include avoiding sugary drinks and feeding them a healthy diet. They can also help their child with flossing and help forge a regular routine for oral care. They also need to make sure their children see their dental team on a regular basis.
Taking good care of your own teeth sets a great example for your kids. It can truly go a long way in protecting their oral health. In the Chicago suburb of Glenview, contact the office of Dr. Scott Malik at (847) 724-1771 to make an appointment. The office can inform you of all their services. Dr. Malik and his experienced team can keep the dental health of your entire family at its very best.