As a parent, you know you should be taking several steps now to help your child thrive in the future. That might mean exploring schooling options well before they reach the age to start that level of education or getting regular physicals with their doctor. Don’t forget about their oral health, though.
The choices you make for your child now play a huge role in their long-term oral health. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure out how to keep your child’s teeth and mouth healthy on your own.
This holiday season, you can give your child the gift of oral health with an exam at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry in Riverside, California. Here, experienced dentist Irene Zaki, DDS, can help to set them up for a lifelong healthy smile.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of dental exams for children.
Protecting their teeth long-term
As soon as your child gets their first tooth, they should start to see a dentist. Why? Because regular exams from a dental professional give you a way to spot problems early.
With an X-ray, for example, Dr. Zaki can check your child’s teeth for signs of decay while also evaluating their development. This way, you get alerted to any potential issues before they can grow.
Cavities, for example, are one of the most common childhood diseases across the country. Fortunately, when you catch a cavity early, it can be treated (cleaned and filled) to stop the decay from getting worse. This helps to protect your child’s teeth through the years. This matters just as much for baby teeth as for adult teeth.
As with your child’s overall health, preventive care for oral health identifies problems early when they’re smaller and easier to treat. This helps to keep their teeth and mouth healthy over time.
Getting their ideal smile
Dr. Zaki doesn’t stop there, though. She can also analyze your child’s teeth to see if you should start exploring orthodontic care. If your child would benefit from braces or aligners, she can also refer you to a local orthodontist.
This way, you can start the appropriate care to get your child their best smile at the right age.
Developing lifelong oral health habits
Regularly visiting the dentist now — especially a comfortable, caring office like ours — helps your child get accustomed to dental exams. You eliminate the fear of the unknown that keeps many people from getting the dental care they need.
Starting early helps kids to get in a groove with dentist visits. And this sets them up to continue getting dental care during adulthood. As with so many things, you help your child develop habits now that should serve them later in life.
If you want to give your child the gift of healthy teeth this holiday season, call our office at (951) 944-0553 or request your child’s dental exam online today.