Doctors are fond of saying that prevention is better than cure, and dentists feel no different. Many common dental ailments are preventable by practising good dental habits as early as possible. So how soon should you begin taking your child to the dentist? If they’re a toddler, there’s no better time than the present! Here’s why you should be taking your toddler to the dentist.
Prevent a fear of the dentist
Being afraid of the dentist isn’t always a fear based on experience. Many people have a negative perception of dentistry based on stories told by friends and family or through the media. In most cases, dentists are friendly and approachable, and dental visits aren’t painful. Taking your toddler to the dentist for regular check-ups will go a long way towards preventing an unfounded fear from developing. Remember to only talk about positive dental experiences around your toddler and highlight the new, fun and interesting aspects of the dentist to encourage excitement.
Spot problems early
When it comes to your child’s alignment and bite, the sooner you detect an issue, the better. It’s much easier to resolve these problems while their jaw and teeth are still developing and malleable, preventing expensive and painful surgery later. A significant problem that dentists assist with is preventing thumb sucking as, if left unchecked, this common childhood habit could impact your child’s teeth formation.
Get oral health care tips and advice
Knowing how and when to brush your child’s teeth is one of the best preventative actions for tooth decay. Dentists will be able to advise you on a daily oral health routine for your toddler which you can implement at home. By establishing the importance of a daily oral health care routine in your children from an early age, you’re encouraging a habit that will help protect their teeth for life. The result will be them enjoying healthy teeth and gums with little need for intervention.
As a rule, dentists recommend bringing your child in after their first few teeth emerge or at least before they turn two years old. At Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic our kind and compassionate children’s dentists will provide your children with the highest standard of dental care. Contact us to book an appointment for your child today.