03 Jan The Unique Dental Needs of Children
Your children are unique in every aspect of their lives and certainly must be treated very differently from adults. For instance, they get their own medications, formulated just for them; likewise, restaurant menus are designed with their small appetites in mind. In the same way, your children have unique dental needs that only a dentist can address in an effort to keep their mouths healthy and attractive for years to come.
Your child should have his or her first dental visit by the time he or she turns 1 year old. This will allow the dentist to provide appropriate preventative dental care early on, thus increasing your child’s chances of having a healthy smile long-term. The first appointment includes a thorough examination, proper oral hygiene instructions and the dentist or hygienist may clean your child’s teeth.
Your child may also receive fluoride, which can help to guard against tooth decay. Your dentist can help you to determine whether your child is getting an appropriate amount of fluoride on a regular basis at home as well.
The development of your child’s teeth can further be tracked over time to pinpoint issues such as malocclusion, which includes bite problems in addition to crooked or crowded teeth, early on. The dentist then can help guide the teeth’s position as they grow in the mouth. This prevents the need for more extensive treatment later on and ensures that your child’s teeth are straight, which makes it easier to clean.
Your child should have a dental check-up twice a year to maintain healthy teeth. Our dental team aims to make each visit a pleasant and comfortable experience for your child by being gentle and engaging. Contact Friendly Dental Care at 740-687-6105 today to learn more about how we can cater to your child’s unique dental needs so that he or she can smile confidently over the years.