Give Your Child's Smile the Best Start
Starting dental visits at an early age is an excellent way to ensure that your child's smile stays bright and healthy. Dr. Debbie Hibbeln and Dr. Mark Kowal, your Rochester Hills, MI pediatric dentists, explain why those early visits are so important.
Tooth decay doesn't know your child's age
Tooth decay can occur even if your child only has a few teeth. During those early visits, your child's dentist will examine him or her for signs of decay. Cavities are much easier to treat when they're small. If tooth decay isn't caught early, it can eventually result in tooth loss. In the past people were unconcerned about the loss of primary teeth, but these teeth have an important purpose. Primary teeth act as space holders for permanent teeth. When a tooth is lost, nearby teeth may drift into the opening, closing the space for the permanent tooth.
Dental visits help reinforce good oral hygiene practices
During your child's visit to their Rochester Hills dentist, he or she will learn about the proper way to brush and floss teeth. The pediatric dentist can also offer tips that may make it easier to help you child brush their teeth.
Early visits help your child get used to dental visits
Experts recommend that children visit the dentist six months after their first tooth has erupted or at age one at the latest. When dental visits start early, they become a part of your child's routine. When your little one becomes used to sitting in the dental chair and receiving an examination, they may more cooperative if treatment is eventually needed.
Dental cleanings help reduce cavities
Dental cleanings are an important part of dental check-ups, even for young children. Cleanings not only remove cavity-causing plaque and tarter, but also brighten your child's smile.
Is it time for your child's next dental exam? Call your Rochester Hills, MI pediatric dentists, Dr. Debbie Hibbeln and Dr. Mark Kowal, at (248) 608-1300 to schedule an appointment. Give your child's smile the best start possible with regular dental care!