- March 15, 2016
Developing a new good habit can be hard to do, no matter what it is. Many of us start new projects or have goals for self development that fall to the wayside with the slightest distraction or bad day. One thing that you can’t forget about, however, is taking care of your oral health. It’s a habit that you have to get into for the sake of your health!
At Brandon Family Dental we’re committed to making that habit an easy one to develop. Making it as simple as possible is done through great pediatric dental care. Study after study has shown that children who see the dentist from an early age are far more likely to take good care of their teeth for life.
Children And The Dentist: Getting Things Right
It can be difficult to get your child’s dental care planned out – especially if you’re a new parent! You probably have a bunch of questions, like when to start their appointments, what steps you need to take at home … the list can go on and on!
We want to take care of all that confusion at our Ortonville dentist office, and we can! Every step in our pediatric care process is about making your life – and your child’s dental care – simple. You might be baffled now, but we’re going to help you get everything right.
Dental Care: When Is The Time Right?
We agree with the American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry: the best time to start taking your child to the dentist is by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts (whichever comes first). that way we can assess the health of their teeth, determine why they might not be coming in yet, and give you some tips and advice for the coming months.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever bring your child to see us before their first appointment. It can make things a lot easier on everyone if they come in with you before they ever get that first tooth. We would be glad to have you bring your child along to your appointments so they have a chance to become familiar with our office, our staff, and the world of dental care.
It benefits children greatly to see you getting dental care. Young people learn a lot from the examples of their parents, and if they see you getting a cleaning and exam without fear they’re more likely to react that way as well!
Setting Your Child Up For Success
When a child first sees us their appointment is fairly simple. We’ll take X-rays to be sure that their baby teeth are coming in okay, and we’ll also examine any teeth they have to be sure they’re healthy. These early exams will seem quick, but that’s because we’re really just building a history of your child’s teeth so that we’re ready with the appropriate treatments later on.
Those early appointments are essential in helping you make the best treatment choices for your child as they age. By about age seven we’ll know if there are any orthodontic needs in your child’s future, and with a solid history of care we’ll be able to make their treatment as cost-effective and smooth as possible.
We employ a number of preventive orthodontic treatments as well as traditional braces. By using things like space maintainers, habit prevention tools, and other devices designed to eliminate problems early we can make braces and other orthodontic treatments faster, and most importantly more affordable.
Steps You Can Take At Home
When parents ask us what they should be doing for their children at home the answer is surprisingly simple: start good habits early!
Before your child even has their first tooth you should practice wiping their gums so that they become familiar with the habit of daily care. One teeth erupt and your child starts understanding brushing you can do it for them, all while letting them take a role by holding their hand on the brush or giving them an extra one to hold.
It all boils down to setting good examples and making habits form early. That’s the best way to make them stick for life!
We’re Ready To See Your Whole Family!
If you’re coming up on that one year mark it’s time to start planning for your child’s first appointment. Call Brandon Family Dental to schedule an appointment today!
You can reach us at 248-469-0218 or you can request the ideal time by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you and your whole family soon!