A new backpack, stacks of clean paper, and fresh, sharp pencils — you had them all ready to go for your child’s first day back to school a couple of weeks ago. But Dr. Moriarty, your dentist in Lancaster, PA knows there’s one important thing you may have left off your child’s back-to-school checklist: a dental checkup and cleaning. Your little one wants to start the new school year off right, and her smile health is a big part of that! Dr. Moriarty recently checked in with Fox43 news about the importance of children’s dental health.
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
Like many parents, Fox43’s anchor was a little surprised to learn that children should have their first visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of their first tooth, or no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but even those very first teeth are vulnerable to decay. And bottles filled with sugary juice, milk, and formula mean babies’ teeth are vulnerable to something else, too: baby bottle tooth decay. During this initial visit, we can talk to you about the condition and help you protect your little one’s first teeth.
Developing Good Dental Habits in Children
There’s a lot to learn about being a parent, and one of the big things is how to help your child develop and maintain excellent dental health. What do healthy tooth habits look like for little ones? Not much different from your own — children may just need a little assistance getting fired up about good dental hygiene.
Your child can brush her own teeth around the time she can tie her shoes, or usually age six. But she doesn’t have the manual dexterity to do a thorough job, so jump in from time to time to help make sure she’s doing a great job. And at every age, encourage your child or teen to brush, floss, and maintain a healthy diet for excellent smile health.
Your Little One’s Dental Health Depends On You
51,000,000 (yes, that’s 51 million) hours are lost each year due to dental disease in children, and more than half of children ages 5 to 9 have at least one cavity or filling. Keep your little one’s teeth and gums healthy by monitoring her hygiene habits and staying on top of her six month visits to the dentist! At Mor Smiles, we take the time to make sure children are completely comfortable throughout their dental visit. We know positive experiences from a young age set children on the path to a lifetime of good dental care — and that’s our main goal, after all.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child Today
We hope your little one is getting off to a good start this school year. If you didn’t get a chance to bring her into Mor Smiles before the new year started, it’s not too late! Dentist’s offices get busy during August and September, but contact us to schedule an appointment and we will get your little one in to see the children’s dentist in Lancaster, PA as soon as possible.