Articles How Soon Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist?
If you’re a parent, you probably know that your children need to go for regular health checks and immunisations, but have you given any thought to their dental health? At present, decay is the leading cause of childhood hospital admissions in the UK. At Harley Street Dental Studio, we’re keen to encourage parents to prioritise oral health from an early age.
When should you take your child to the dentist?
We firmly believe that prevention is better than cure when it comes to dental health and we recommend taking good care of your child’s teeth from the moment the baby teeth start to develop. This usually occurs around the age of 6 months. Use a very gentle brush or a soft cloth to gently clean the teeth and gums. We recommend regular dental visits from the age of 12 months old.
Regular dental checks have many benefits for young children. If you see a dentist on a regular basis, this will enable your child to get used to the treatment room and this reduces the risk of anxiety later in life. Your dentist can also keep a close eye on the teeth and gums to ensure that any problems with development are identified and addressed as early as possible. Routine appointments can also help to lower the risk of gum disease and decay. Although the milk teeth are supposed to fall out, losing them prematurely can affect the development of the adult teeth. Decay can also increase the risk of infection and cause children to suffer from unpleasant symptoms such as toothache.
At Harley Street Dental Studio, we have extensive experience in working with patients of all ages, and our friendly team always enjoys welcoming little ones to the practice. We do our best to provide a positive, fun experience and we’re always keen to spread the word that prevention is better than cure.
If you’d like to make an appointment for your child, why not get in touch with us today? It’s never too early to start looking after your baby’s teeth.
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