Pediatric dentistry is an area of practice that focuses on children's oral health, including infants, adolescents, and teenagers. Children have different needs than adults when it comes to oral hygiene and oral health. For example, they tend to struggle with flossing independently because of the agility and coordination required. Additionally, children may suffer from tooth decay due to poor diet choices or inadequate brushing habits.
At Polin Dental, our pediatric dentists are thoroughly trained to provide dental care to children in a manner that is both gentle and effective. Pediatric dentists also appreciate that dental treatment can be a scary experience for some children, so they work to make treatments as fun and child-friendly as possible while ensuring that each child receives high-quality care.
Importance of Early Dental Visits for Children
Maintaining good oral health and hygiene at home is essential for children, and the earlier they begin practicing those good habits, the better. But it’s also vital that parents take their children to see a dentist early to establish a relationship with the dentist who will care for their smile for a lifetime.
Seeing the dentist at a young age gives your child a chance to experience a visit with a positive outlook, helping to ensure that they will feel comfortable and at ease when it’s time to come back again for routine cleanings and checkups.
Children’s teeth are still developing, so their risk for cavities is higher than adults. Their primary teeth are placeholders for their permanent teeth, and decay in the primary teeth can also lead to problems in the adult teeth. That’s why it’s essential to regularly visit the dentist and practice an excellent oral hygiene routine at home.
During their regular appointment, your child will undergo a professional cleaning to remove plaque buildup from the surfaces of their teeth. This can help prevent decay and keep the gums healthy. Our dentist will also check for any signs of decay or gum disease and provide treatment if necessary.
When Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist?
It is recommended that parents bring their child to see a dentist when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. It’s never too early to start your child on the path to good oral health! Regular visits to the dentist at a young age can help teach children how to care for their teeth properly.
Visit Polin Dental at 2600 N Military Trl #320, Boca Raton 33431, or call (561) 997-2323 for the best dental care. From baby bottle tooth decay to orthodontic care, we’re here for your child’s smile through all stages of childhood!