As parents, a top priority is always your child’s health. You may have spent a lot of time searching for the right pediatrician, when your child was born, and their dental health is just as important as well. Finding the right dental provider to make those early visits positive and upbeat is very critical in order to set your child up for success in their future dental visits. Dr. Ryan Thomas is your premiere family and children’s dentist in Highland Village and he discusses the importance of preventative care for children.
Regular Brushing and Flossing
As soon as your child’s first tooth arrives you should begin brushing. Use a soft toothpaste that is safe to swallow until your child is able to spit, which is typically around the age of four or five years old. As they get older you can also help them floss their teeth. You are your child’s greatest example, so modeling good brushing and flossing habits yourself will help them create their own good habits.
Regular Dental Visits
Bringing your child in for regular dental visits is very important for a number of reasons. First, it allows your dentist to evaluate their oral health early on and be aware of any developmental concerns or issues in their earliest stages. Next, it helps to instill good oral health and habits at an early age, which may mean more successful oral health and dental visits in the future. Finally, it helps to catch any concerns such as tooth decay in its early stages, which ensures less invasive treatment for your child.
Healthy Eating Habits
Avoiding too many sugary foods and beverages is always a good rule of thumb, however did you know that eating fruits and vegetables actually promotes excellent oral health? Fruits and vegetables neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay; they also increase saliva flow, which help to wash away food debris and bacteria in the mouth. Limiting your child’s snacks throughout the day and helping them eat a balanced diet will help protect their teeth from tooth decay.
At Highland Village Family Dentistry we welcome children to our practice and we’ve created a child friendly environment that is sure to help your child look forward to their dental visits. From our play area in the reception area, to our friendly and caring staff who takes the time to put your child at ease, we strive to make every dental appointment fun and upbeat for your child. We also offer advanced services for children such as orthodontics to help straighten their teeth and bite. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s next dental appointment.