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Why Your Child Should Go to the Dentist Regularly

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Why Your Child Should Go to the Dentist Regularly

added on: January 29, 2024

The journey to good oral health can never start too earlyOne of the first steps on this journey is to have regular dental check-ups, but why? What would happen if your child were to go to the dentist regularly? In this blog, we will explore the importance of routine dental visits for your child and how these routines can kickstart a lifetime of healthy smiles.


Making Good Habits Early

The best way to start a habit is to present positive reinforcement early. Visiting the dentist regularly reinforces the importance of good oral hygiene. Whether that be from positive encounters with the doctor or fun incentives, such as ice cream, balloons, and stickers. The more your child is exposed to positivity surrounding routine dental appointments, the more likely they will follow through in practicing healthy oral hygiene habits and look forward to going to the dentist. Dental lessons learned during childhood can set the foundation for a lifetime of strong oral habits.


Finding Potential Problems Sooner than Later

When you and your child go to the dentist for regular checkups, it allows your dentist to identify potential issues in the early stages. Many times, children will not express (or will not recognize) subtle changes or increases in oral discomfort. By scheduling routine dental visits, your dentist can detect problems like misalignments and cavities before they become more serious.


Building a Healthy Relationship with The Dentist

Anyone a little scared of the dentist? Dental anxiety in children can be avoided or, at least, minimized through routine dental visits. Creating the space for a positive relationship with your child and their dentist early can alleviate fear and anxiety associated with dental appointments. Building a positive association will contribute to the willingness of your child to seek dental care throughout their life.


The First Step Starts Today

Setting routine dental visits for your child is an investment in their long-term oral health. Committing to your child’s oral health is a choice that you as a parent should be proud ofTeaching your child the importance of routine dental visits sets the stage for your child to have a great attitude toward great oral care for a lifetime. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends children see a dentist by the time their first tooth appears or as they approach age one, making your dental debut a very important appointment. Get your child started on the journey of great oral hygiene and set an appointment with LeBlanc & Associates today.