Your child’s teeth aren’t permanent; they’ll come in fully, and eventually fall out, so what is the point of visiting a dentist. This is an argument that we see both spectrum in with children that visit the office. For the most part, parents are either very adamant about their child’s dental care or don’t entirely understand why their child is there in the first place. Our myth this week breaks down the importance of dental care in children and where the truth stands.
Myth: Children don’t need to go to the dentist until their second tooth comes in.
Truth: Children should visit the dentist at the age of one.
Teething is some parents worst nightmare. It is painful for children and it seems to last for an eternity. When your child is one, they’ll have a few teeth growing in, and believe it or not, these teeth can provide a lot of insight into your child’s dental health. We are one of the leading pediatric dentists in Woburn, so you can guarantee that your child’s dental care is at the forefront of our job, each time that they visit with us.
Why does my child need to go to the dentist?
While it is true that your child’s baby teeth are sure to fall out, it’s these teeth that determine whether or not their permanent teeth come in straight and healthy. These gaps are exactly where your teeth will grow in, in the future, meaning that it is actually extremely important that your child’s teeth are healthy and growing in as intended.
Are there any circumstances where not going to the dentist could be detrimental?
Just as the baby teeth hold a lot of importance in how the permanent teeth grow in, they also hold importance as to how healthy they are. If your child’s teeth are decaying, get cavities or have weak enamel, there is a chance that this could carry to their permanent teeth. Being able to avoid this at a young age only increases the chances of healthy teeth in the long run.
There are plenty of myths that tie directly to your child’s dental care, so you can bet that this won’t be the last blog post regarding your child’s dental care within the series. Make sure to keep up with the great series that we’ve got going and to schedule any dental care appointments that you are in need of so that we can make sure that healthy and happy smiles continue!