As parents, we all want what is best for our children. We work hard to ensure that they receive all of the medical care that they need, from vaccinations to checkups, medication, and anything else that doctors may recommend. For almost all parents, ensuring the health and well-being of our children is a top priority, and one that we will go to almost any length to accomplish. Yet a surprising number of parents overlook a critical element of their children’s healthcare – dental care.
Did you know that oral health is linked strongly to overall physical health? Did you know that teaching the right dental habits early in life can help to greatly decrease the chances of cavities and gum disease in your children as they get older? We all want our children to have healthy bodies as well as natural and confident smiles, and this starts with proper dental care. Not only should you use a finger or gum brush on babies and teach children as early as possible how to properly use a toothbrush and toothpaste, but regular visits to the dentist are critical.
Visiting the dentist at least every six months can greatly improve oral health for children, exposing any problems while they are still small and easily treatable. Of course, prevention is always the best medicine, which means ensuring that kids are brushing and flossing. With fluoride in drinking water and with significant advances in the way we understand the importance of brushing and flossing from the earliest of ages, there is really no reason for today’s children to have dental disease or to experience decay and tooth loss.
While it was once common for older teens to require orthodontic treatment in order to have a healthy and beautiful smile, this is simply no longer always the case. Today’s comprehensive dental care is designed to help ensure future dental health and future jaw alignment and formation starting at an early age. With a modern understanding of how early jaw and facial development will impact bite as well as oral health, it is possible for children to develop healthy and confident smiles with no or minimal orthodontic treatment and to live a full life without dental disease.
Let us look after your child’s dental health and give you that peace of mind that a healthy, confident, natural smile can belong to your child for the rest of their life.