From brushing their first milk tooth to regular check-ups at the dentist, dental care for children is crucial. Having healthy teeth is important to their overall health. And as a parent, you play a vital role in helping them to establish good oral hygiene habits – that will hopefully last them a lifetime.
Here at Kiln Lane Dental, we currently offer a comprehensive children’s membership plan for just £5.25 per month. And although we’re not technically a ‘paediatric dentist’, we’re regarded as one of the best family dental clinics in St Helens and have substantial experience of treating young patients.
Discover why children’s dental care is so important and contact us today to sign your little one up.
Reasons why you should prioritise your child’s dental care
It teaches them life-long habits
Research has shown that kids who establish good oral hygiene habits at a young age are more likely to continue as an adult. And as a result, they experience far fewer dental issues throughout life.
That’s why, as soon as your baby’s first teeth appear, you should start to practice a daily oral hygiene routine – including wiping their gums and gently brushing their teeth. Then, once they’re old enough, teach them how to look after their teeth properly, and explain why it’s so important.
Encouraging good habits in childhood will set them on the right path for long-term oral health.
To monitor their dental development
Monitoring your child’s dental development is just as important as keeping track of their height, weight and other general health parameters. There are four key milestones to look out for:
1. Baby teeth eruption – this occurs approximately 6 months after birth.
2. Brushing, bottle-feeding and thumb-sucking – a child will have a full set of primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old and protecting these will promote the jaw’s development.
3. Mixed dentition – around the age of 6-7, children begin to lose their baby teeth and their permanent ‘adult’ teeth will begin to erupt.
4. Wisdom teeth – when a child reaches their teenage years, a third and final set of molars (i.e. wisdom teeth) will start to appear, sometimes causing pain and discomfort.
At each stage, it’s important to care for your child’s teeth correctly to maintain their overall health. And professional dental care for children – including regular trips to the dentist – is essential, to both keep track of their dental development and detect any issues in the early stages.
Establish a good relationship with the dentist
Dental anxiety in children is very common. But by scheduling routine dental check-ups for your child, it’s something that can be nipped in the bud at an early age (or even avoided altogether).
Regular appointments will allow them to get used to the experience, and build a positive relationship with the practice and their dentist. And after a few visits, they will soon realise there is nothing to be afraid of – meaning they’re much more likely to continue with appointments in adulthood.
Invest in the best dental care for your children
Here at Kiln Lane Dental, we believe the importance of dental care for children cannot be overstated. That’s why, as part of our children’s membership plan, we currently offer two dental examinations per year, as well as complimentary x-rays, orthodontic screening, fluoride treatments, and fissure sealants (if clinically required) and worldwide and emergency call out insurance.
If you need further advice on how to maintain your child’s oral health, or would like to find out more about our children’s memberships, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Either give us a call on 01744 25776 or send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you.
We strive to make appointments as fun and enjoyable as possible for our young patients and we nurture a lifelong love for looking after their pearly whites and maintaining the smile.