Pediatric dentistry is an important aspect of a young child’s health that is sometimes neglected by parents. Some parents have the belief that a visit to the dentist is only necessary when there is an obvious problem. This belief is actually incorrect and can be dangerous to the health of your child.
Importance of Early Dental Visits
There are several reasons why you should start taking your child to have their oral health checked early in their life. One is that many problems can be identified and treated early before they become big, expensive problems. Although you may not notice anything wrong, your dentist can spot smaller problems and deal with them at an early stage before they become serious.
Another reason for early dentist checkups is that you will be establishing a pattern or routine for your child to follow, as they grow older. By getting them started early in life, you will have helped established a healthy habit that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Dr. Cutter provides a wide range of services for young children, such as teeth cleaning, tooth sealants, cavity screenings, and wisdom teeth removal.
Teeth cleaning is important because it prevents plaque from forming and adhering to the tooth surface, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Once the child is old enough and comfortable enough with the process, regular teeth cleaning becomes a normal part of their routine.
Tooth sealants are a plastic film applied to the surface of the teeth to prevent tooth decay. Normally, children are recommended to have sealants on their premolars and permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in. Dental sealants may be appropriate for baby teeth in some cases, like when their teeth have deep grooves and depressions. Since baby teeth are important for maintaining proper spacing for the adult teeth to follow, it is vital that they are not lost early.
If you have not already done so, make an appointment with Dr. Cutter today so that your child will have a healthy smile for years to come.