Great Dental Tips For Kids
With the new school year and busy fall schedules it’s a good time to make sure routine dental exams are on the calendar for kids and all the family!
From babies to teens a checkup is recommended every 6 months by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. (mayoclinic.org) The architecture of children’s mouths changes dramatically as they grow. It’s important to check baby teeth, second teeth, the bite, and teeth spacing, as well as, eventual “wisdom teeth”. Routine dental exams are the gold standard of prevention to assure that any issues are discovered early.
The American Dental Association recommends the first dental visit for infants to be between 6 months and one year. As the first meeting, a good first impression is key! It’s important for everyone to be positive and supportive, gentle and communicative.
Routine checkups include cleaning, checking for decay or damage, and risk assessment for future decay. Exam techniques are tailored to the age of the child. Exams also include evaluating bite alignment. Checkups may include x-rays, and sealant or fluoride applications to prevent decay.
Communication is an important part of successful checkups with Q & A and discussion about life habits, diet and how they affect oral health. Important talks could cover thumb sucking, teeth clenching, nail biting, sugary drinks, smoking, and the importance of sports mouth guards!
The American Dental Association gives more tips about what to expect on your child’s dental visit! mouthhealthy.org
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