Dental hygiene is invaluable during childhood to not only create healthy habits, but to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. As your child grows, it’s essential to teach them proper dental care and regular dentist visits. Smile Gallery Dental Clinic wishes all kids a healthy, happy smile. The first step in granting this wish is through regular, thorough check-ups.
Dental Care for Kids | The Formation of Healthy Smiles
The commonness of dental complications in kids can be contributed to a range of factors. Whether it’s too many sweets or ineffective dental hygiene habits, children are particularly vulnerable to the onset of dental problems. Although it’s imperative to establish healthy brushing and flossing habits, as well as limiting sugary foods and drinks, regular dental check-ups is the cornerstone of building lifelong healthy teeth.
Because children should start seeing a dentist as soon as their baby teeth begin erupting, it’s important to introduce them to the world of dental care. Even if a child is too young to be fully examined, exposure to the dentists office with all its mysterious sights and sounds transforms an intimidating experience into a non-threatening visit. During these initial visits, the child becomes familiar with the dentist while experiencing a light version of a standard examination.
As teeth begin to erupt out of the gums, the dentist performs a quick and gentle examination. The dentist may use a dental mirror to count teeth and look for signs of damage or decay. Once the child ages and becomes more welcoming to the examination, a more thorough investigation begins.
Children Dental Examination Process
The life of a child is filled with constant changes. As their mental capacity evolves, so does many other parts of their body. Few are as dramatic and paramount as teething. The eruption of tiny baby teeth is often met with frustration and pain as this natural process isn’t the most pleasant. If this isn’t enough, a child must then experience a lifelong necessity, dental visits.
For both parent and child, the first dental examination can be an overwhelming experience. The staff at Smile Gallery Dental Clinic understands the delicate nature of this necessary appointment. It’s with this understanding we’ve cultivated a thorough, yet enjoyable, examination experience. The typical checkup involves:
- Counting and keeping record which teeth have erupted out of the gums. As the child grows, loose teeth and incoming adult teeth are closely monitored.
- Reviewing jaw development to ensure its growth and progress is healthy.
- Analyse the various soft tissues of the mouth region, such as the throat, tongue, lips and cheeks.
- Closely review the health of each tooth to determine if cavities are present.
- Continuously monitor the bite pattern of teeth throughout the child’s development to determine whether or not orthodontic treatments, such as braces, may be needed.
At the conclusion of the examination, the dentist will provide you with tips and techniques to help maintain your child’s healthy smile. Tips, such as ensuring a healthy diet and confirming brushing techniques, ensures you’re doing all you can to safeguard the dental health of your child for years to come.