Even your little one needs to maintain regular visits with their Prior Lake, MN, dentist.
Keeping your child’s smile healthy should be a top priority. Luckily, it isn’t difficult with the proper oral habits in place! With this in mind, you may be wondering when should your children start visiting Dr. Michael Babcock and Dr. Tom Morgan, our Prior Lake, MN, family dentists? How often do they need to come in and what can you do to keep their teeth healthy between visits? Simply read below for the answers to the top questions about your child’s oral health.
When should my child start seeing the dentist?
This is one of the top dental questions parents have. The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both answer this by stating that a good time for you to start bringing your child in for routine cleanings is by the time they turn a year old. If teeth start coming in sooner than age 1, it’s time to call our Prior Lake, MN, children’s dentist to schedule a checkup.
Why are these visits important?
Though it might be difficult to imagine given that your child might not have teeth yet or is just starting to get baby teeth, it is still very possible for gum disease or decay to affect your little one. By bringing them in every six months for dental checkups and cleanings, you can protect them from these common oral diseases.
Besides examining your child’s teeth and gums to make sure everything is healthy, we may also perform a dental cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup on teeth and along the gum line. However, the dental cleaning is usually minimal during their very first visit.
Of course, this checkup is also important for parents who may not know what they need to do to keep their little one’s developing smile healthy. Don’t worry—we have you covered. We can provide tips and advice on everything from feedings and diet to brushing and flossing. We can even show you ways to brush and floss your child’s teeth so that you’ll be able to do it all on your own. Just as you should with your own smile, you should also be brushing and flossing your child’s teeth each and every day.
Babcock & Morgan Family Dental is proud to serve the Prior Lake, Shakopee, New Prague, and Savage, MN, areas. If it’s time to schedule your child’s next dental appointment, give us a call today at (952) 447-4611.