We often hear patients ask, 'When is the best time to bring my child in for their first dental visit?' The answer is, it's never too early!
At Maven Dental, we typically recommend that your little one comes in as soon as their first tooth erupts to help instil a good oral health routine right from the start. We are all about prevention, and with Dental Health Week upon us, we wanted to share a few handy tips to help your children maintain a healthy smile for life!
Diet Is Key
A well-balanced diet that limits starchy and sugary foods will reduce possible dental issues for the short and long term and ensure your child is getting plenty of essential minerals and vitamins, including calcium, phosphorous, and proper levels of fluoride.
As we all know, it is nearly impossible to remove sugary foods from your little ones' diet altogether; however, we recommend eating them with a meal instead of as a snack. Saying 'goodbye' to snacking throughout the day will reduce the risk of cavities.
How To Help You Child Care For Their Teeth
It is an investment to teach your child proper oral care, and it is important that you set an example by brushing and flossing twice daily - think of yourself as their oral health coach! In addition to this, we recommend visiting your friendly dentist twice yearly to help monitor growth and development.
As kids grow, they usually become more comfortable with their six-monthly visits to the dentist; however, you will still need to assist with their daily oral health routine until the age of 7 or 8.