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5 Reasons Why Preventative Dentistry Is Important For Your Child’s Development

When it comes to preventative dentistry everyone benefits, especially your child. Having them seen by a dental professional will ensure you’re taking all the required steps for their adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Children with healthy teeth chew faster, speak in clear sentences and smile even bigger! Here are five reasons why preventive dentistry is important for your child's development.

Genetics

Chances are, if mom or dad needed braces growing up, your child will too. Preventative dentistry will play a big role in early indication of a bite problem, crowded or crooked teeth among other problems that will require orthodontic treatment later on. Your child's dentist will be able to track the progress of their growing teeth and give you an idea as to when they’ll take action against developing problems.

Future Health Problems (Not Just Crooked Teeth)

To many people surprise if your child needs braces, it's not always due to crooked teeth. There are many reasons a child could be developing at a slower rate and some of those reasons start in the mouth. Speaking is among the most common, your child could have difficulty speaking due to a developing problem in the mouth that would require braces or another form of treatment. Other issues such as tooth decay, cavities and uneven bites could also lead to a lot of complications in the future if left untreated. Having your child examined by a dentist will take the guesswork out of the equation so you and your child can have peace of mind.

Promotes Good Oral Health Care at Home

Scheduling regular check-ups for your child will teach them the importance of taking good care of their teeth. The removal of build-up will also happen with every appointment which will help with keeping their breath smelling fresh and lowering the risk of tooth decay and cavities. It is also important for your child's dentist to track the progress of their growing teeth to make sure everything's coming in as it should. While they are tracking the progress they’ll be able to see if braces or other orthodontic treatments are in your child's future.

Prevents Fear of Dentist

Choosing a reputable dentist for your child is important, their first few visits will set the tone for the rest of their life on how they feel about going to the dentist. Regular cleanings and checkups will help them feel more confident as they already know what to expect. They will learn to trust their doctor and soon find out that going to them prevents problems from occurring. Booking with a pediatric dentist that has a child-friendly office will help sooth the pre check up jitters as well.

Find Out If Their Oral Health Routine is Working

Just because things look good on the outside doesn’t mean they’re always good on the inside. Bringing your child to the dentist early on will give you a lot of clarity. Your child's dentist will be able to let you know how their teeth are looking and if their current oral hygiene routine is working for them. It is crucial to their growing teeth that they have a good at-home cleaning routine for their entire mouth, this will prevent cavities, tooth decay and gum disease from happening while strengthening their tooth enamel.

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