Setting a good foundation for dental health is key!
The dentist is scary enough for adults, let alone children who do not have the experience and understanding to know what is going on around them.
Establishing a solid routine of oral care can and will foster a lifetime of health, sparing your child from countless pain, time, and expense throughout his or her life.
Regular checkups are necessary in order to prevent cavities. They ensure that the child’s teeth are developing normally and in a healthy manner.
The job of a pediatric dentist is twofold: one must be gentle and especially friendly when dealing with children, as well as skilled and knowledgeable in the conditions and development exclusive to youth.
If plaque and decay have a chance to root in the gums and teeth, it could hinder healthy growth, so Dr. Huynh and his team in Mesa, AZ will take the time to sit with your children and teach them excellent oral hygiene habits, like how to properly brush the teeth and the importance of flossing.
A child’s diet is particularly important given their ongoing development, and healthy habits are proven to be easier established during a child’s earlier years.
Your pediatric dental team can help you create a healthy nutritional plan for your entire family. Excessive sugar and starch, which take a heavy toll on developing teeth, are best avoided as much as possible, as well as other acid-rich foods and beverages.
The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that every child visits the dentist as soon as teeth begin to appear, or, at the very latest, before the age of one. The Center for Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics also agrees, suggesting that parents and caregivers begin dental care for their little ones around 8-10 months. A regular dental provider is referred to as a “dental home.”
A child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist is also known as a “well baby visit,” and It is focused as much on education as much as actual care.
Since children are largely unable to care for themselves, they are dependent on their parents and caregivers to help them maintain proper, healthy oral hygiene habits. Therefore, it’s prudent that parents are best armed with the skills and resources necessary to teach their child how to achieve and maintain excellent oral health.
There are plenty of things you can do at home to safeguard your child’s oral health.
For example, it is recommended that moms refrain from breastfeeding once teeth begin to appear; it’s also imperative to cease nighttime feedings and keep little ones from falling asleep with their bottles, both of which can create unnecessary cavities.
Proper brushing and flossing techniques can go a long way in preventing plaque and tartar from creating a breeding ground of bacteria on your child’s teeth. It’s also imperative that children benefit from regular dental cleanings and care.
A child’s teeth lay the groundwork for their dental health for the rest of their lives, so regular dental visits in the early developmental years can lead to a healthy mouth for decades to come.
There are conditions and afflictions that are exclusive to children, and not all doctors are well-trained and experienced in this area.
As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Huynh has undergone additional specialty training expressly dedicated to the growth, development, and issues concerning children’s oral health.
With specific diseases limited only to children, an experienced pediatric doctor will be able to pinpoint early signs of decay and disease that other generalized dental providers might miss.
Early detection could also make the difference in pinpointing and preventing a lifetime of disease and destruction. It all begins in the early years, and we are here to help.
Our friendly office team and pediatric dentist will work with you to navigate the intricacies of insurance policies and claims to make the process as simple and expeditious as possible. We understand the medical and legal language and will work with you to find a fee schedule and claims submission that works best for you and your family.
As a family dental practice in Mesa, Arizona, our first and foremost focus is the health of your family, so we have the experience, training, and equipment necessary to handle patients of all ages, from only a few months old to the elderly.
We have the honor of caring for several generations of families here in our hometown offices, so it’s easy to see why Eastport Dental is the leading provider in pediatric, general, and geriatric dentistry.
Call today to schedule your baby’s first dental appointment at Eastport Dental in Mesa, AZ!