One of the questions we tend to hear most from our patients at our pediatric and orthodontic dental office in Spring is, “When should I bring my child for her/her first appointment?” It’s generally recommended by us and the American Dental Association that a child visit the pediatric dentist by his or her first birthday, while baby teeth are emerging. This gives us a good idea of how their smile is going to take shape over the coming years as they continue to grow and become older.
Early Detection is Key: Here’s Why
With such early, regular dental care, our Spring pediatric and orthodontic office has the ability to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong with such proactive, preventive measures as sealants. We have the right training and technology that allow us to see how your little one is growing and how their smile is changing too. We can also make you aware of any concerns about how the teeth and jaws are developing.
But more importantly, we may be able to take steps during early development to try to even avoid the need for orthodontics down the road.
We know that every smile, every child is different, but most children should have an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. By then, your child’s teeth have developed enough to where subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth can be diagnosed.
If your child does require orthodontics, regular dental care becomes more important than ever. To ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy while in braces, they should have regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Professional cleanings can help keep teeth free of plaque and decay, so when the braces are removed, a healthy, straight smile is the result/
This is why we hope you’ll take the time to continue to learn more about our pediatric and orthodontic dental office in Spring. Savvy, smart parents just like you know how important it is to keep our kids and their smiles healthy enough to stand the test of time and hopefully last an entire lifetime with minimal care. If there’s anything you don’t understand or are unsure about, please take the time to contact us right here on our website. You’re also welcome to call our office any time and get the answers you’ve been searching for. We want to be here for you and your family in as many ways as possible!