When you have children, it can be tough to get them to engage in things that are good for them.
Few (if any) children are keen on eating vegetables or attending doctors appointments but these are all necessary to keep them healthy. And, as you may already know, it can be an uphill struggle to get your child to attend a dental check-up as well.
Like the regular trips to the doctor, the optician and the paediatrician, dental visits are important to keep your child’s mouth healthy and to stop fear-based reactions or phobias from developing.
Indeed, many dental professionals recommend taking your child to see a dentist in Sydney from the age of around 12 months, so they can become used to the sounds, smells and routines of a check-up as early as possible.
But why is dental health so important in young children? Read on to find out!
There are no 2 ways about it; children love sweets!
Many parents are unaware that even modest consumption of sweets can cause damage to their children’s teeth. Due to thinner enamel, a child’s teeth are more at risk of developing cavities and decay. Regular trips to your dentist near Sydney can allow your dental team to assess your child’s teeth for signs of cavities and to apply things like fluoride sealants to strengthen their enamel.
Of course, one key thing your dentist by Sydney can assess for is orthodontic issues.
While adult orthodontics are now commonplace, it is undoubtedly easier and cheaper to combat orthodontic problems as early as possible. It is recommended that every child should attend a standard orthodontic check-up by the age of 7 but if your dental team spots a problem earlier, they will begin treatment sooner, resulting in a shorter and more comfortable treatment overall. While your child is unlikely to be over the moon about wearing a brace, they will thank you when they are older!
Identifying bite and speech problems
Similar to orthodontic assessments, a general dental team can also help to identify problems with your child’s bite and speech. As both are considered dental issues, your child is likely to be referred to an orthodontist for advice on the next step in treating one or both of these issues. Failure to tackle speech issues head-on could lead to long-term speech impediments, which is not a confidence booster.
Promote healthy habits
If your child needs help brushing their teeth, your paediatric dental team can help to show them how to brush their teeth correctly, making it a fun experience. They can also discuss with your child the best foods to eat to promote good dental and general health, setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy habits. Brilliant!
Prevent infections and bacteria
As many younger children struggle to brush their teeth correctly, regular dental visits can offer a chance for a proper clean of the teeth and gums, preventing infections, cavities and other bacteria-related issues from occurring. Perfect!
All dental treatments carry potential risks. Contact your local dental team for more information about the preventive treatments that are mentioned in this article.