If you have young children, you might wonder when you should first bring them to the dentist. At Fall Creek Dental, we like to see youngsters for the first time between the ages of 12 and 18 months. Don’t wait until your child is in pain or having tooth problems.
We love kids! Dr. Pilgrim is experienced at putting children—and parents—at ease at dental appointments. Children who are accustomed to going to the dentist as kids tend to grow up into adults who continue going to the dentist regularly.
Give us a call to make an appointment for your child!
The Importance of Early Visits to the Dentist
Early visits to the dentist serve to show your child that visiting the dentist is comfortable—and can even be fun! It's important to start your child on a lifetime of good dental habits, and that's why an early visit to the dentist is crucial.
It’s also a good idea for your child to see a dentist who is child-friendly, such as Dr. Pilgrim. Not only has he been treating children for more than three decades, but we’ve designed our office to be a kid-friendly space. Children enjoy the bright and spacious examination room, which includes a TV screen to help them stay occupied and comfortable.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Many people wonder why young children need to visit the dentist. After all, won’t their baby teeth just fall out anyway?
Baby teeth are much more important than most people realize. They are essential for chewing properly and learning to speak clearly.
Another potential issue is that baby teeth can still develop cavities. These cavities need to be filled to protect your child's health. Not only can infections develop, but untreated cavities in primary teeth can also harm the development of permanent teeth. Permanent teeth might even come in with cavities already present.
Baby teeth also serve as space holders for permanent teeth, helping to guide new teeth into their proper position. A baby tooth lost too soon could mean permanent teeth grow in misaligned.
The Importance of Education
Because prevention is such a key element of good dental health, we want our patients to be as educated as possible. This often starts with educating parents on how to keep kids’ teeth clean and healthy.
Seeing your child at a young age gives us the opportunity to discuss any potential issues, such as thumb-sucking or teeth-grinding. Bad habits that can impact the health of teeth are best broken earlier rather than later.
Call Today to Make an Appointment
Help your children develop good oral health care habits early on by making an appointment to see children’s dentist Dr. Tony Pilgrim. Call today!