As young children grow, they become more capable of understanding and engaging with the world around them. As they continue to learn and develop, parents offer important education and support. Oral health care is important even before a child’s first tooth arrives. While your support can be vital to helping your kids maintain healthy and lovely smiles, this is one responsibility where you have support. Our Southlake, TX dental office is proud to help our youngest patients learn how to care for their teeth and gums, while also providing important care to prevent problems from affecting their developing smiles.
Cavities That Affect Primary (“Baby”) Teeth Can Be A Concern
A baby’s primary teeth are only temporary, but it is important that they stay in good condition. Cavities that affect these teeth can be painful, and make biting and chewing difficult or uncomfortable. Decay that affects primary teeth can also affect a child’s permanent teeth! Through regular dental exams, your dentist can provide protection against cavities, while also being ready to step in to perform the appropriate restorative dental care if decay does become a problem. As your child takes on the responsibilities of brushing and flossing for themselves, your dentist can also offer guidance and lessons to help them do an effective job cleaning their teeth at home.
Starting Dental Appointments For A Young Child
At a child’s earliest visits, our practice is committed to helping make the dentist’s office feel like a safe and welcoming environment. While we prioritize comfort for all of our patients, it can be particularly important to take a conservative approach to dental care for kids in order to prevent ill feelings about future visits. While working with our youngest patients, we take care to make every aspect of preventive care comfortable, while still providing the appropriate level of support.
Keeping Up With Good Oral Care Habits At Home
Just as you need to do an effective job brushing and flossing to avoid dental fillings and other restorations, kids need to do an effective job keeping their teeth clean if they want to avoid dental troubles. Because kids often have less impulse control around sweets, they can have a greater risk for tooth decay. Make sure you provide support between visits by encouraging them to enjoy healthy meals and snacks, and by helping them develop an appreciation for effective brushing and flossing.
Our Southlake, TX Dental Office Can Help Keep Your Child’s Smile Safe From Cavities!
At our Southlake, TX dental practice, patients of all ages can enjoy quality care from Dr. Wright, Dr. Heron, and everyone on our dental team! If you have a young child in need of their first dental appointment, or if you are new to the area and want to find a quality dental practice for your growing family, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.