It’s important to establish good oral hygiene from an early age. This will set your child up with a lifetime of beneficial dental habits, and prevent early childhood caries, and lay the foundation for optimal health throughout life.
At Hollywood Dental and Orthodontics, we encourage children as young as 1 year of age to be brought along to the dentist; even if they’re not ready for a dental assessment. This helps your little one to become familiar with our dental environment and establishes a positive relationship with our dental team.
We recommend you arrange your child’s first dental assessment when their first tooth erupts. A consultation gives our Oral Therapists and dentists the opportunity to evaluate gum health, tooth progress and detect potential problems early on.
These consultations will become more thorough as your child grows in oral development and confidence. We will eventually monitor erupted teeth, jaw development, commence professional cleaning and apply fluoride treatments as needed.
Tooth decay is caused by sugar-feeding germs known as mutans streptococcus. When your child consumes too many sugary foods and drinks, their teeth attract the bacteria, which in turn, produce acids that destroy the teeth’ protective layer (enamel) by stripping away its calcium. Along with plaque – the yellowish film that sticks to teeth – the bacteria attacks the surface of the tooth, causing it to collapse and result in a cavity.
Most, if not all, children develop cavities – even though some may be more susceptible than others. This may occur at any part of the early stages of their dental development. This is why, in addition to monitoring their home oral care regime, it is vitally important to bring your child to see the dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleaning.
Bring your child to Hollywood Dental and Orthodontics dentist, we can help with their dental needs. During the comprehensive dental checks, the dentist would be able to detect the presence of plaque and tartar and administer proper cleaning techniques to remove them before they develop into cavities. Should the dentist detect the early onset of small cavities, they can be treated using minimally invasive techniques like regular filling.
Another prevalent dental ailment affecting young children is that of gum disease. Gum disease refers to the inflammation of the gingiva or soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Similar to cavities, the inflammation is also caused by plaque and bacteria, when they grow and spread below the gum line. Left untreated, early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) can advance into periodontitis and severely damage your child’s tooth, thereby requiring extraction or leading to eventual tooth loss.
Your child’s best defense against gum disease is to go for regular dental checks. Early-stage gum problems can be treated with minimally invasive methods, while delayed treatment may lead to complex dental procedures and even surgery
Contact us today to schedule a dental assessment for your child. Managing their teeth and alignment early can prevent future problems from occurring after their secondary set of teeth erupt. If your child is fearful or uncooperative, our specially trained team can quell their nerves or recommend gentle sedation dentistry. That way your child can receive the dental treatment they need in fewer visits.
We believe that it is of great importance in making your child’s first and future dental visits as positive and enjoyable as possible.
We recommend your child’s first dental visit be when they have their first baby tooth. Most children will have their baby teeth between 2-3 years of age. Around 18 months to 2 years is a good time to start to get your child comfortable with the dental environment.