It’s the time of year again that all parents dread. It’s the time for making sure that all of your child’s health records are up to date for school. The little ones have to get a brand new round of shots and a trip to the dentist. The dentist office can be a scary place if your child doesn’t know what to expect. There are all kinds of “weird” tools, and sometimes there are new people that they don’t yet know. Getting dental checkups are important because your child will be more comfortable with a dentist who they know and trust.
Parents and dentists work together in playing a vital role in a child’s oral health. Parents, we need talk to our kids before a dental visit to answer any questions and ease any anxiety a child has about visiting the dentist. According to Rhea Haugsth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. This will provide your child with a ‘dental home’ where all her needs — whether a periodic preventive visit or an emergency — will be taken care of.” Providing your child with a familiar face, like their family dentist, in a scary situation like having a tooth removed would aid in easing some anxiety. Dentists are also trained to work with children to ease fears and make them comfortable. They can explain things in a simple way that will help your child understand and be ok with their visit. A checkup every 6 months increases your child’s comfort level with their Dentist and his staff.
Did you know according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most common childhood condition? It’s five times more likely than asthma and twenty times more than juvenile diabetes. Regular checkups will teach your child proper oral hygiene and how to prevent tooth decay. Often leaving the dentist means a gift of a new toothbrush and floss, which teaches a child the importance of changing tooth brushes regularly and flossing daily. If a child has cavities or just isn’t taking care of his smile, the dentist can identify and help your child correct the issue. Giving children ways to correct bad behavior teaches them how to be responsible. You can also ask the dentist for tips to take home to encourage your child to have a healthy and bright smile.
A great smile can certainly be a confidence booster. Seeing a dentist regularly can ensure that your child has a happy healthy smile. When you go for a dental checkup they not only professionally clean your teeth, they also check for any problem areas. Cavities, tooth decay, and bad breath are all indicators that your child isn’t properly caring for his teeth. A dental professional can identify any issues that your child has. A dental professional that is familiar with your child can diagnose these problems a little faster as well as deliver preventative methods in the future. By taking your child for regular dental checkups, you are setting her up for a bright future and a matching bright smile.