Guide to Proper Dental Care for Children


According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and other specialist organizations, children should have their first dentist visit before they turn one or within half a year of the first tooth. Most people don’t observe this guideline because they think baby teeth aren’t important – after all, they will fall out eventually.

However, baby teeth are more important than you may imagine. They play a key role in speech development, help with proper chewing habits, save space for permanent teeth, and increase children’s confidence.

Premature infants show an elevated risk of developing dental problems, such as tooth discoloration, delayed tooth eruption, lack of white coating covering the teeth (enamel), a hard palate, and an increased need for braces. Children with special needs face developmental challenges, oral trauma, oral infections, and more. These two groups are at highest risk.

Oral Trauma

Types of oral trauma that may surface in the absence of proper dental care include bruxism (grinding of teeth leading to loss of enamel), oral infections, cavities, viral infections, gum disease, gingival overgrowth, and more.

All children require early dental care and frequent dental check-ups, especially if dental problems and issues like gum disease run in the family. Parents and caregivers should know what practitioners there are within the oral care field and how they can assist them. They should also visit dental professionals with training and experience in child treatment.

Dentists can provide fillings, cleanings, and small surgical procedures as well as sealant and fluoride treatments. If your child is diagnosed with dental displacement, an orthodontist could help them. These professionals also treat malocclusions. Periodontists treat gingivitis, bacterial plaque, and other related infections.

Make sure your child brushes their teeth regularly, doesn’t overindulge in sweets, and generally eats healthy. Good dental habits must be formed early on.