Are regular dental check-ups important for children?

Are regular dental check-ups important for children?

Although your child will lose their baby teeth as they grow, it’s still important to take good care of them.

When they are young, your child will grow and develop very quickly, and the same goes for their teeth. Regular dental check-ups allow the dentist to make sure their pearly whites are in tip-top shape

As a parent or guardian, it’s important to ensure your child’s teeth are maintained and well looked after into their adult years. These good oral hygiene habits should start from a young age. Poor oral hygiene will unavoidably lead to other serious health problems down the road, as well as costly restorations and pain.

However, here at Bonfire Dental, we can help to prevent most, if not all of these problems by helping your child understand the importance of maintaining their own oral health.

Healthy development of teeth

Did you know that baby teeth lay the groundwork for the adult teeth to come through? When your child’s baby teeth are healthy, it’s easier for adult teeth to come in straighter.

When you neglect the baby teeth, it can cause them to fall out earlier than they should. This can cause an array of problems for your child such as:

  • Teeth will move forward
  • Baby teeth will shift and move
  • Speech problems
  • Eating and chewing difficulties

When this occurs, the permanent adult teeth will be more likely to grow in crooked and out of place. By maintaining the health of your child’s baby and adult teeth in the early stages of development, you can help prevent the need for additional work in the future.

Learning good oral hygiene habits from a young age

Learning occurs all the time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Your child’s experiences in these early years will lay the crucial foundations for learning throughout their lives. So, starting them on a great oral hygiene routine young is important for long-term oral health.

When dentists and parents start to explain, and show the importance of excellent oral hygiene, children will gradually learn and repeat what is needed to achieve this. However, your child will need your support for learning. For example, you will need to show them how to brush and spit correctly (usually a few times).

Independent brushing can start as early as seven years old. However, they will need assistance to achieve an effective clean. Flossing is also important for children, but is more challenging for them as their hand-eye coordination is not as advanced as adults, so they will need help from parents to floss their teeth until they are 10 years old.

When choosing your child’s toothbrush, choose a brush with soft bristles made of a round-ended or polished material. This type of toothbrush will get your child’s teeth clean without being too harsh on the gums. When your child is a baby or toddler, use a damp cloth or gauze to clean their teeth and gums. Alternatively, you can also use a gentle toothbrush. You should change a child’s toothbrush every three to four months. This is because old toothbrushes can attract and harbour nasty bacteria.

Children’s dental check-ups at Bonfire Dental

When oral hygiene routines are taught, your child will not only grow up with a beautiful smile, but also with healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Whether they still have baby teeth or have permanent adult teeth, the state of their teeth throughout each stage of development is one of the most important aspects of a child’s overall health.

At Bonfire Dental we provide child-friendly dental services and treatments for patients of all ages, including the delicate introduction to oral health for children.

For more information on children’s dental or to book your child in, contact us today.