It may seem early, but the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry agree that your child’s first dental visit should occur when their first tooth emerges, or by the age of 1. Before you dismiss dental care for your toddler as insignificant or optional, it’s important to learn the benefits of initiating dental care this young. In fact, the act of taking your young toddler to the dentist on time can impact their development, their overall health as well as their future smile.
Here are 3 good reasons to why dental care is important for your young child:
Routine dental cleanings are the best way to prevent decay at any age. In children, however, this preventative visit becomes even more important. Did you know that 25% of children have at least one cavity by the age of 4? Even more staggering, untreated tooth decay is a leading cause of missed school days in the United States. Cavities need to be prevented – even on baby teeth!
The condition and position of the teeth can significantly impact your child’s speech development as well as their chewing function. A regular visit to the dentist can ensure your child’s dental health isn’t threatening proper development, or that a certain oral habit (thumb sucking/teeth grinding) isn’t compromising their oral health.
Studies have shown that a positive experience at the dentist as a child fosters a healthy mindset about dental care as an adult. By exposing your child to the dentist and teaching them proper oral care habits at a young age, you are setting them up for a healthier mouth (and body) as they grow.
At Green Dental of Alexandria, we welcome your entire family at our comfortable and caring office. We take pride in our ability to provide state-of-the-art dental care with a gentle and patient-centered approach. If your child needs to schedule a dental visit, please call our office today. We are confident we can make it a positive experience from start to finish!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
Green Dental of Alexandria – Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725