What Your Children’s Dentist Wants You to Know
Matt asked his wife, “Sarah, what do you and our little princess Abbie have planned for today?” She told him, “Abbie has her first dentist appointment today!” Matt made a face, “She’s just 2 years old!” “I know, I thought she seemed a little young as well. But my friend Christie told me her children’s dentist, Dr. Will Taylor, recommends that kids have their first dental appointment at this age.” Children’s dentistry can never start too soon.
When Should My Children Have Their First Visit to the Dentist?
Christie was right. Dr. Taylor at Martin-Taylor Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit at about 2 years old. Dr. Taylor says “The sooner a child can come to our office for a simple check-up and a relaxed visit with either me or my partner, Dr. Martin, the better. Odds are the child will be comfortable going to the dentist right from the start.”
Dr. Taylor, Dr. Martin, and every other staff member of Martin-Taylor Dentistry have children of their own. They love children and know how to make them feel comfortable. They take the time to meet and greet the children and show them around the office. They will even let the youngsters watch mom or dad get a check-up.
Martin-Taylor Dentistry treats the whole family. Dr. Taylor said, “We have parents bring their children to us who first came here as children themselves. We believe that when one dental practice treats the whole family the experience feels less stressful for everyone, both child and parent alike.”
Establishing a Routine of Dental Checkups for Your Child
Dr. Taylor says that it’s important to establish a routine of dental checkups for your children at an early age. He’s had parents ask why kids should have their “baby” teeth checked since they’re going to fall out eventually anyway. Dr. Taylor reminds them that a child’s first set of teeth can be in his mouth until he is 12 years old. A lot can happen in that time.
All teeth, “baby” or “permanent,” are prone to decay if not cared for properly. In some cases Dr. Taylor and Dr. Martin have treated kids with many deep cavities and even infected abscesses because they lacked good dental hygiene and regular checkups. If left unattended, such conditions can become life threatening.
What About Pediatric Dentists?
According to Dr. Taylor, very rarely does he need to refer a child out to a pediatric dentist. Both Dr. Martin and Dr. Taylor are experienced with treating and caring for children. And they have the state of the art dental equipment needed right there in the office.
3 More Things Your Children’s Dentist Wants You to Know
- Sugar really is bad for your kids’ teeth! Even babies drinking milk from a bottle are getting sugar! If nothing else, at least have your child rinse her mouth out with clean water after any sugary treat.
- Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal is ideal. But at the very least, brush and floss after breakfast and before bed.
- Everyone, including mom and dad, should brush their teeth for no less than 2 minutes!!! Time yourself! You’d be surprised how few people brush long enough to clean their teeth properly. Some parents find a song that lasts 2 minutes and have their children brush the whole time it plays. By the way, be sure they are brushing all of their teeth’s surfaces, not just the easy to reach places!