Oral health is important at all stages of our lives, but it’s particularly important for children. That’s why the ADA designates February as Children’s Dental Health Month. The oral habits that kids develop as they grow up tend to stay with them for the rest of their lives, so it’s important to instill good oral care and hygiene from a young age.
Here are a few of the best ways that you can help your child develop great oral health habits, and maintain them!
The Best Steps You Can Take To Keep Your Child’s Mouth Healthy
If you’re not sure what to do when it comes to pediatric oral care, these basic steps are a good place to start.
- See a pediatric dentist early and often – Most parents don’t realize that they should see a dentist as soon as their child’s first tooth erupts. This usually happens when the child is around 6-12 months old. After this, you should see a pediatric dentist every 6 months. During childhood, your child’s teeth will develop very quickly, and it’s important to keep on top of their oral development. Regular teeth cleanings, oral exams, and x-rays will allow you to avoid common oral health issues like cavities.
- Choose the right dentist – Starting out at the right dentist can have a big impact on how children perceive dentistry. If you choose the wrong dentist, and your child has bad experiences, they may avoid going to the dentist as an adult,
- or develop dental anxiety. Choose a practice that offers pediatric dentistry services like Dr. Collado and Dr. Carpenter of Carmel Mountain Ranch Dental Care. We focus on providing child-friendly, informative pediatric care to our tiniest patients.
- Supervise the brushing habits of your children – You’ll have to brush the teeth of your child from infancy to about the age when they can tie their own shoes (usually around 5-6 years old). But even after this, you need to keep an eye on
their brushing habits. Make sure they are brushing properly and regularly, and encourage them to start flossing on their own as soon as they’re able (usually about age 9-10).
Why Choose Carmel Mountain Ranch Dental Care?
At Carmel Mountain Ranch Dental Care we treat your entire family, so you have a dental home for life. Both Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Collado have years of experience treating children. They can explain common dental procedures and issues to kids, and help them understand why good oral hygiene is so important.
We do our best to make going to the dentist fun, and we sincerely and genuinely care about each and every one of our patients. Take a look at our patient testimonials to learn more about our approach to dentistry!
If you need a new dentist for your little ones in Carmel Mountain Ranch, don’t hesitate to contact us at (858) 487-6453, or visit our office at 12075 Carmel Mountain Road, STE 210 San Diego, CA 92128.