Parents always want what is best for their children, especially when it comes to their health. Despite the fact that kids are well fed, exercised, and socialized there is still a problem that persists; oral health. It’s a common belief that as long as kids brush their teeth they won’t need to go to the dentist. While this belief is convenient it isn’t true. Taking your children to the dentist is necessary and there are many benefits of doing so.
Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood dental caries—an infectious disease—is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
Child appointments should always be scheduled earlier in the day, when your child is alert and fresh. For children under 36 months, the parent may need to sit in the dental chair and hold the child during the examination. Or, parents may be asked to wait in the reception area so a relationship can be built between your child and the dentist.