There are several reasons that dental care should begin as soon as teeth erupt. Ultimately, the goal of pediatric dentistry is to prevent problems that could cause pain and suffering. Bacteria live in every human mouth, even in infants. This means that your baby could get a cavity in his or her first tooth. By starting care early, we can identify risks and discuss ways to preserve the teeth and gums in the healthiest possible condition.
In addition to keeping teeth healthy, early dental care also sets the stage for long-term success because it enables children to have good experiences in the dentist's office. When a child does not see the dentist until a painful problem has developed, their impression of the dentist may be associated with discomfort. What better way to establish a foundation of oral health than by letting your child get to know their dental team on good terms!
With prevention the goal of early dental care, we may recommend treatments such as dental sealants to complement a healthy daily care routine. Sealants are applied to the back teeth in a quick office visit. No anesthetic is needed for this comfortable treatment. The liquid solution that we apply to teeth hardens very quickly and acts as a barrier between enamel and bacteria that could cause cavities in the deep grooves of molars.
The long-term effects of early dental care may seem a lot to think about when your child only has a few teeth. However, it is at this time when the greatest benefits can be gained.
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