We know that as a parent, you want what is best for your child. You do your best to keep them healthy, happy, and safe. Their dental hygiene is an essential part of their wellbeing, too. Starting from the time they grow in their very first tooth, you should be bringing your young one in to see the dentist. Pediatric dentist visits differ slightly from adult appointments. In today’s blog, your Riverside Dental Group of California explains what to expect from your child’s dental checkups.
The First Pediatric Visit
Your child’s first checkup should happen when their first tooth comes in. This may be around the age of six months to one year old. Their initial appointment will not include an X-ray or cleaning like a normal checkup entails. Instead, this time is used to help your young one get comfortable in the office and with their dentist.
Biannual visits can begin to be scheduled when your little one becomes a toddler. These appointments are important to help prevent cavities and other dental problems. Your pediatric dentist can also help give you tips and tricks on how to help your child keep good hygiene.
Guarding Against Common Pediatric Problems
One of the most frequently occurring issues for young patients is cavities. To help combat this, there is a combination of things your dentist will do to help. First, they will educate your little one and you on the best habits. This includes consistent and thorough brushing, flossing, and eating healthier.
They may also recommend fluoride treatment and dental sealants. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel and protect it from decay. Sealants cover the surface of teeth in hard-to-reach areas, like back molars. This helps prevent buildup from forming in the tooth.
As your child grows up and enters their pre-teen and teenage years, interceptive orthodontic treatment plans may be created. Space maintainers or retainers can help prepare them for braces or Invisalign. This early treatment helps make orthodontic treatment an easier and potentially shorter process.
Special Needs Pediatric Dentistry
We understand that every patient has unique needs. For little ones who need a calmer environment or longer appointments to feel comfortable, we can offer a comforting space. We will take your child’s needs into consideration for their treatment plan to give them a positive experience. Sedation is also available for patients who have anxiety surrounding dental work or cleanings. This can help your young one feel at ease.
Bring Your Little One In For A Checkup
Call your nearest Riverside Dental Group location today to schedule your next checkup.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.