Why Your Child’s Milk Teeth Matter
Downham Market Dental Care is a family oriented dental practice and we love seeing children. We encourage parents to bring their child in for that very first dental visit at an early age as we can provide the very best preventative dental care to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. Your child’s milk teeth are extremely important to their dental health and it is vital they are not lost too soon to disease or decay.
These teeth help to hold open just the right amount of space for their adult teeth so they have a better chance of coming through straight. Baby teeth will also help your child learn to talk clearly so they can communicate and socialise well and they will be able to eat normally and without pain or discomfort. Good nutrition is important for growing children. So what age is it best to bring your child in to see us?
Age One Dental Visits
We suggest you book an appointment for your child to see a dentist in Downham Market by your child’s first birthday, or soon after they get their very first milk tooth. There are lots of advantages in seeing a dentist at this tender age. For a start, it is the perfect opportunity for your child to get accustomed to seeing a dentist. By having regular preventative dental care they will hopefully grow up free from dental problems and will not need to see an emergency dentist in Downham Market and will not have negative associations with professional dental treatment.
During this first visit, we will very gently look inside your child’s mouth. There is no need to worry as we do take lots of care when treating children and will go out of our way to make sure they feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. By checking their mouth at this early age, we can see if their teeth and jaws are developing as expected. We are also here to help parents and we can offer loads of useful advice on how best to look after your little one’s teeth.
Ongoing Preventative Dental Care
As your child gets older, we can keep a close eye on the development and growth of their teeth and their facial bones. We can check for any early signs of problems with their bite as often early orthodontics can help reduce the need for treatment when they are in their teens and will ensure they grow up with a nicely balance facial profile as well as beautifully straight teeth.
Other preventative treatments offered by our Downham Market dentist include fluoride applications to help harden and protect their dental enamel. These applications help to reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay. Fissure sealants consist of a very thin, tooth coloured layer of flowable plastic material and are painted onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect them. We can also work with your child so they understand the importance of great dental care and can learn how to look after their teeth at home.
If your child needs to see a dentist in Downham Market, why not give us a call on 01366 382265.