Why baby teeth and early visits matter; what to expect from kids’ dental services in Houston, TX
Vividly attractive and healthy smiles for life ideally start in youth. Since dental fear is acquired, not something children are born with, Dr. Monti Harpalani and the team at Vivid Dental take pride in creating a friendly and comfortable environment for the routine care so vital to oral health and overall wellbeing. They stand by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendations; Dr. Harpalani will examine your child’s teeth for the first time by no later than their first birthday, or as soon as the first tooth comes in, typically between the ages of six to 10 months. Kids Dental Services in Houston, TX at Vivid Dental should start early to prevent problems that can affect not only the development of the teeth, jaws, and other oral structures, but also your child’s overall development. Consider that, even though primary teeth fall out, their health is necessary to ensure:
- Your child learns how to pronounce words properly and speak clearly
- Food is chewed properly and effortlessly, which aids in healthy digestion and the nutrition so important to children during their formative years
- Proper development of permanent teeth; in fact, the AAPD characterizes baby teeth as the blueprint that guides your child’s adult teeth into the right position
Speech difficulties can affect your child’s self-esteem, as well as their academic progress. Likewise, many of the complications associated with early child caries (childhood tooth decay) and early tooth loss often result in the need for extensive and costly myofunctional and orthodontic treatments; for instance, braces and other appliances to reposition your child’s teeth and bite.
The ease of no-stress prevention at Vivid Dental
Of course, the earliest visits to Dr. Harpalani’s office are more about partnering with you, the parent or caregiver, to ensure you know what problems to watch for when cleaning your child’s teeth and gums, and how to clean little teeth in the first place.
- As soon as possible, use a soft toothbrush designed for infants or a moist, soft cloth to clean your baby’s gums.
- When teeth appear, brush them twice each day using a toothbrush that is designed for the specific age of your child
- Between the ages of two to five, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste can be used.
Your child will need assistance brushing well into the grade-school years, as kids simply don’t have the motor skills to properly clean their teeth. And, as soon as teeth touch, floss them! Dr. Harpalani is happy to discuss any questions you may have, including about anesthetic and sedative options that are safe for children, to get your child’s oral health journey off to the best possible start. Call Vivid Dental at (281) 809 4902.