Why are regular dental check-ups important for children?
Your child is growing and developing so quickly, and the same goes for their teeth. Regular dental check-ups allow the dentist to make sure their pearly whites are in tip-top shape
As a parent, it’s important to ensure your child’s teeth are maintained into their adult years by teaching them good oral hygiene habits from a young age.
Poor oral hygiene will unavoidably lead to other serious health problems down the road. However, the skilled dentists at Honeysuckle Dental can help to prevent many of these problems by helping your child understand the importance of maintaining their own oral health.
Teaching good oral hygiene
Teaching children how to properly care for their teeth can equip them with the knowledge and interest to ensure they are carrying out effective dental hygiene throughout their lifetime. When parents and dentists explain the purpose of regular dental appointments, children learn the importance of seeing the dentist and scheduling regular check-ups.
Children can start to brush their own teeth as early as seven years old but they will still need assistance to do an effective job. Flossing is necessary but much harder for children at this age and parents should floss a child’s teeth until the age of ten, between dental check-ups.
Children’s toothbrushes should get replaced every three to four months as newer toothbrushes clean more effectively and have less residual bacteria.
Ensuring healthy development of teeth
Baby teeth lay the groundwork for adult teeth and when a child’s baby teeth are healthy, it’s easier for adult teeth to come in straighter. Neglect of these baby teeth can cause them to fall out prematurely which can mean the remaining teeth will move forward or shift around the mouth. When this occurs, the permanent teeth are more likely to grow in crooked and out of place.
By maintaining the health of these baby and adult teeth in the early stages of development can help prevent additional work in the future. If adult teeth are able to grow in straighter due to healthy baby teeth, children may be able to avoid orthodontic work once they reach adolescence.
Commonwealth-funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
Honeysuckle Dental is a proud provider of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule which offers financial support for basic dental care for eligible children between the ages of 2 to 17. This free scheme is particularly ideal for low-income families who can’t afford private dental care.
Children’s dental check-ups at Honeysuckle dental
Whether they still have baby teeth or have permanent adult teeth, the state of their teeth throughout each stage of development is one of the most important aspects of a child’s overall health.
Keeping healthy teeth is essential for all ages, but a healthy start makes maintenance much easier in the long run.
For more information on children’s dental or to book your child in, contact Honeysuckle Dental today.