Healthy smiles start at a young age. And we say young, we mean very young. Belton children’s dentist Dr. Gupta may be the first professional dental healthcare provider your children see, but you are the first practical dentist your son or daughter will ever know.
You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “monkey see, monkey do.” If your kids see that your make taking care of your smile a priority, then they are more likely to be willing to do the same throughout childhood, adolescence and on into adulthood. To help you make sure your children enjoy a lifetime of good oral health, Dr. Gupta would like to offer some practical advice. Read on to find out what you should do to take care of those sweet smiles now and in the future.
Sticking with that monkey see, monkey do philosophy, you can make brushing and flossing a family activity. Kids love to do “grown up” things with mommy and daddy, so take advantage of this and brush and floss together. Even if you can only manage this activity once or twice a week, the memories will be well worth the effort.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that your son or daughter see the dentist for an initial visit by the time they are a year old. This may see quite early, but at this appointment Dr. Gupta can begin to gauge the development of their teeth and their bite. You can also bring them along with you when you have appointments with the dentist. We call this a “happy visit” and it gives your children the chance to become familiar and comfortable with our office.
By the time they are between the ages of two and three, you should be scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams for your children. At these appointments we’ll count their teeth, clean and polish their teeth, examine their gums and take digital x-rays once a year to find any hidden spots of decay, cracks or infection. Those beautiful little teeth may be new, but they are still susceptible to dental disease. In fact, tooth decay is more common among kids than either asthma or hay fever.
Call the Children’s Dentist in Belton Today
Make sure your kids know that oral health care is a priority for you. Schedule a dental checkup today for your children with Belton children’s dentist Dr. Gupta at ACE Dental.