Preventative Care Visits for Children
Take a moment to consider the importance of pediatric dentistry. keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy- even their primary, or “baby” teeth. Dr. Donald Alexander, your trusted dentist in Jacksonville, recommends that children begin to visit the dentist for routine dental visits around the age of 3. This is approximately when all primary teeth have erupted.
Children younger than three may be seen by special appointment, or for emergency care.
Preventive care visits are an important part of your child’s physical health and well-being at a time when they are growing and establishing routines that can last a lifetime! Keeping your child’s primary teeth healthy is important for many reasons. Early preventive care visits give Dr. Alexander and his staff the opportunity to teach proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Dr. Alexander also takes the time to emphasize the role that a healthy diet can play in reducing tooth decay and keeping teeth strong and healthy for the best quality of life.
Your child’s primary teeth play a role in their speech development and nutrition. Strong, healthy teeth allow a child to eat a wide variety of foods and enable their speech patterns to develop normally. Children who lose these early teeth to decay may have trouble eating a healthy diet.
They may also develop altered speech patterns at a time when they are mastering these skills for future development. These teeth also serve as “place holders” for the permanent teeth, helping to ensure their proper alignment when they come in between the ages of 6 and 12.
Although the incidence of cavities in young patients has been declining in recent years, there has been a slight increase in cavities in pediatric patients. Early visits to the dentist can enable Dr. Alexander to spot cavities in their early phases when conservative treatment can be most effective and serve to keep the tooth strong and healthy. Left untreated, tooth decay in a young patient may eventually lead to the loss of a primary tooth.
Good habits start early. When it comes to children’s dental health, it is important to establish routines early. This should include daily brushing and flossing, combined with regular professional dental cleanings, and routine dental visits.
Dr. Alexander provides dental care for the whole family that is comfortable in a general practice environment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has made children’s oral health a priority. Early childhood caries (cavities) are the number one chronic disease among children. For this reason, it is important to get your child to the dentist early and continue with a regular routine of visits.
Tooth decay can be prevented with proper care. During the dental cleaning, our hygienist will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the teeth and gums. We can provide fluoride treatments and place sealants, when necessary, to help protect teeth.
Our staff can also make recommendations to parents about at-home care and other important topics such as thumb sucking, orthodontics, and wisdom teeth.
Does Your Child Suffer from Dental Anxiety?
It is not uncommon for children to experience anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. One of the best ways to combat this fear is to not be anxious yourself. Children learn by example and can detect the emotions and anxiety of their parents or caretakers.
A child’s dental health is important to their overall long-term health. If you have questions about pediatric dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, contact our family dentist in Jacksonville today.