First time sleeping through the night. First tooth. First words. First steps. The first year of your child’s life is filled with firsts.
One additional milestone to anticipate and celebrate is your child’s first dental visit. Dental care may be the last thing on your mind for your little one, but cleaning your baby’s growing teeth isn’t exactly an easy endeavor, and even the tiniest teeth can decay.
As soon as your child turns one (and they enjoy their smash birthday cake!), it’s time to schedule their first appointment with a pediatric dentist. This is another first you don’t want to miss.
What Are Pediatric Dentists?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. With 2-3 years of additional training beyond dental school in child psychology, growth, and oral development, pediatric dentists specialize in dental care for children ranging from infancy through the teenage years. A trip to the dentist can be scary for people of any age, especially young children who don’t know what to expect. Pediatric dentists have the skills and training to help your child feel as comfortable as possible, calming their fears and creating healthy smiles that can last a lifetime.
Why Visit a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are experts in providing age-appropriate dental care in a kid-friendly environment that helps puts them at ease. We never get a second chance to make a first impression, and that includes the dentist’s chair! Having a positive experience at the dentist’s office means that your child will be more likely to practice good dental habits, setting them up for improved dental health for the rest of their life.
Here at Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry, we not only have caring, board-certified pediatric dentists, but our clinics are designed with kids in mind. From the moment they walk through the door and are in awe of our gigantic fish tanks, to the reassurance they will receive as their teeth are cared for by our dentists who understand their unique needs – it’s kid nirvana, the dental version. All parents want their child to have the best possible start at everything in life. When it comes to oral health, look no further than our pediatric dentists.
Why Early Dental Care Matters
There are many reasons why dental appointments are important in early childhood – the earlier, the better! Tooth decay, or cavities, is the #1 childhood disease, and studies show that preschool-aged children are getting more cavities than ever before. It doesn’t matter if your child has one tooth or ten, even babies can get tooth decay. Many babies and toddlers also develop notorious habits like thumb sucking that can harm their teeth.
But do we really need to worry about taking care of baby teeth they will eventually lose? The answer is yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, talking, playing, and learning. It’s worth visiting a pediatric dentist to ensure this doesn’t happen. Prevention is the name of the game here, especially when baby teeth give way to permanent teeth. Good oral health starts early.
Because pediatric dentists have additional training in child development, they also know how to introduce healthy dental habits to your child at the right time. Early visits to the dentist focus on teaching your young child how to properly care for their teeth and gums. But this focus shifts as your child grows, promoting the healthy development of adult teeth and making good dental habits a lifelong goal.
Ages Served by Pediatric Dentists
· Oh, baby! – Schedule your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist as early as age one. Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend visiting the dentist no later than a child’s first birthday.
· Kids and teens – From age two all the way through the teenage years, a pediatric dentist can fulfill your child’s dental needs, including cleanings, sealants, X-rays, cavity prevention, orthodontic referrals, and more.
· Special needs – As part of their advanced training, pediatric dentists learn how to reduce anxiety and provide compassionate care to children with special needs. Some pediatric dentists still see their patients with special needs after they turn 18 because of the bond they have built.
Trust Your Child’s Teeth to Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry
Your child deserves the very best dental care from the start, and that’s exactly what we provide at Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry.
Find out why Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry is the right choice for your child’s dental health needs now and in the future. Our team of specialists is welcoming new patients starting at age one. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!