If your children are young, their adult teeth may not have even started to erupt yet, so you may not be concerned about bringing them to the dentist. But the truth is that kids today are at a high risk of developing tooth decay in their baby teeth, and this can have significant ramifications on the health of their adult teeth once they come in.
At Dentistry by Doctor Kaplansky, we recommend that kids start to come in for routine dental appointments around the age of 12 months; that is usually when their first teeth start erupting. The purpose of these first children’s dentistry visits to our Gasport, NY dental office is to help get kids comfortable with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dentist. Dr. Kaplansky has a great manner with kids, and he works with them to establish a positive view of the dentist from a young age. Children who go to the dentist regularly as kids tend to follow the same pattern as adults.
Tooth Decay in Children
Most kids today are exposed to too many sugary snacks and beverages. Combined with the fact that most children are not very proficient brushers and flossers, and we have a recipe for cavities. It’s crucial that we use fillings on baby teeth even though they will eventually fall out. Tooth decay in a baby tooth that goes untreated can spread deep below the gums and impact the adult tooth that is lurking beneath the surface.
Encourage your kids to eat healthy snacks that do not promote tooth decay. Instill good brushing and flossing habits in them by showing them how to do it properly and helping them until they have the dexterity to do it themselves.
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One of the best ways to put your children on the path to a lifetime of good oral health is by taking advantage of children’s dentistry in Gasport, NY. Call to make an appointment as soon as your child’s first teeth make an appearance!