Going to the dentist can be a frightening experience for anyone, especially a child. Our goal at Mountain View Dental is to make it as enjoyable as possible for a child to visit our office.
It is as important—if not more important—for children to have regular dental visits. As children lose their primary (baby) teeth and begin to get their permanent teeth, they must understand the importance of oral hygiene, which is a major part of regular dental visits. Being proactive and preparing children to take good care of their teeth from the start can have a profound effect later in life.
Important Oral Hygiene Habits for children include:
- Proper brushing techniques
- Regular flossing
- Using mouthwash or fluoride
- Brushing twice a day
One of the biggest problems in children is tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks can break down teeth in children; especially when they do not practice good oral hygiene. Our pediatric dentistry division at Mountain View Dental is focused on teaching children these habits. From the correct brushing technique to flossing routines, it is our mission to create a good baseline for children to continue to have healthy teeth throughout their life.
It is recommended that children visit the dentist every six months. These visits can serve as regular checkups as well as cleanings. Other popular procedures for children include fluoride treatments and sealants, which can aid in preventing decay and extend the health of teeth.
At Mountain View Dental, we don’t just teach children the correct oral hygiene habits; we try to make it fun. When children enjoy brushing and flossing, they are more likely to continue these habits into adolescence and adulthood. From the time a child’s first tooth erupts through the gums until they get a full set of permanent teeth, they must learn the importance and correct way of taking care of their teeth.
If a child waits until after they have their permanent teeth to learn these habits, it may already be too late. Not brushing regularly or flossing can have a profound effect and can cause long-time problems that will continue into adulthood. Set up an appointment with Mountain View Dental to teach your children the dentist isn’t a scary place and the right way to take care of their teeth.