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How Important Is It for Your Child to Visit the Dentist?

Posted by admin on Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017

From the moment your child’s first teeth begin to grow it is important to start looking after them. For many parents, this simply means buying baby’s first toothbrush and an appropriate toothpaste, and then gently brushing the emerging teeth on a daily basis. However, and many parents do not realise this, it is a very good idea for your child to start making regular visits to the dentist from an early age, and here at London Dental Smiles, we’d like to explain why.

Regular Checkups

The sooner that your child begins to have regular check-ups with the dentist, then the greater their chances of having healthy teeth for longer. Early check-ups can help to prevent cavities and tooth decay occurring. Not only can these lead to pain but potentially other medical issues as well. Children who have healthy teeth find it easier to chew food, which means they are more likely to eat a more varied and healthy diet. They learn to speak more clearly and they smile with confidence. Discover the benefits of Children’s Dentistry with London Dental Smiles

Know Your Dentist

The earlier your child begins to visit the dentist the more comfortable they will be sitting in dentist’s chair. If you have regular check-ups then take your child along so they can get to know the dentist and the dentist can get to know them. Many experts in children’s dentistry in London recommend that children have their first visit to the dentist as soon as they begin to get teeth. This will get them into a good pattern where oral health is concerned and will enable the dentist to begin keeping an eye on the teeth to ensure that there are no problems with them as they grow.

Brushing Your Child’s Teeth

Brushing your child’s teeth can be a tricky business but your dentist will also be able show you how to do this, as well as advising you on the other things that you should be doing to ensure the health of your child’s teeth. This can include encouraging drinking from a cup rather than a bottle from around the age of one; bottles hold liquids closer to the teeth for longer which isn’t good for them and can lead to problems. This children’s dentistry advice can improve their oral health for years to come.

Some adults are afraid of visiting the dentist, but for the sake of your child and the health of their teeth it is important to try and overcome this fear – or at the very least realise that is your own fear and not let it cloud your child’s judgement. If your child sees that you are upbeat about them visiting the dentist then they will pick up on this and it will make dentist trips much easier.

Find out more about children’s dentistry and our family check-ups at London Dental Smiles.

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