Dental Care for Children
Parenting comes with a great deal of responsibility. As well as the usual day to day tasks of making sure everyone is well fed, happy and picked up from school on time, parents also need to make sure they’re keeping their children healthy.
Teeth and gums are a key element of health. It’s really important for parents to make sure they are supporting their children to properly care for their teeth.
Why is dental care for children so important?
Children’s teeth are just as at risk for conditions such as tooth decay as adults. In fact, there’s a real concern that tooth decay in children is on the rise. In the last few years, the number of tooth extractions for children in the UK has hit record levels. It really couldn’t be any more important to take care of your child’s teeth.
In addition to protecting your child from concerns such as tooth decay and dental caries, there’s another reason why dental care for children is so important. The dental experiences your child has while they are young will often shape their dental health for the rest of their lives. Children who are not taught good dental hygiene may find it harder to get into a healthy routine later in life.
How often should children visit the dentist?
This varies on the age of the child and if they have any dental conditions. In most cases, your dentist will recommend that a child visits every six months.
Children should start visiting the dentist as soon as they get their first teeth. This is a great way to gradually introduce them to the process and to help them feel comfortable in the dental chair.
Regularly taking your child to the dentist and ensuring they have a positive experience is a great way to set the tone for the future.
What else can you do to help set your child up for a lifetime of great dental health?
The best thing you can do to teach your child how to care for their teeth is to build great habits and stick to them together. Modelling good dental hygiene yourself is a great way to show your children how to do it.
We recommend that the whole family eats a healthy, balanced diet and visits the dentist together regularly.