Whether your children are looking forward to summer camp, family vacations, or just enjoying the lazy days of summer, it is important to ensure they are happy and healthy throughout the summer. Scheduling a dentist appointment for your children at the beginning of summer can have great benefits for their dental health.
Importance of Pediatric Dental Health
Children should start seeing the dentist by the time they celebrate their first birthday. This first visit is mostly to get your child accustomed to the dentist’s office and to educate parents on how to properly care for their baby’s teeth. Your child should visit again by his or her second birthday and every six months after that. Between the age of 4 and 6 children should start getting x-rays to check for cavities.
Your children’s mouths and teeth are growing and forming, as are their dental habits. As your children are losing baby teeth and growing adult teeth, it is important to watch how their mouths adjust and accommodate this change. Furthermore, the tooth-care habits that your children form now will echo into the future.
It is important to schedule regular 6-month appointments in order to catch any tooth decay or cavities early on to avoid more serious problems.
Summertime Visit Benefits
Summertime is an ideal time to schedule dentist appointments. Early summer dental appointments offer a myriad of benefits, including:
• No School: We understand. Scheduling a dental appointment during the school year can be difficult. You don’t want to pull your child out of school, so you end up skipping the appointment. During summer, this isn’t a problem.
• Convenience: If there are any problems, like wisdom teeth, a cavity, etc. fixing the issue will likely require subsequent visits and possibly some recovery time. This can be difficult to work out during the school year, but not during summer!
• Setting habits: Summertime is a great time to set up a new tooth routine. Your dentist can help you get your child excited about proper dental care. Armed with a new toothbrush, dental floss, and the motivation of a happy, healthy smile, your child will be ready for a new and improved dental plan. Additionally, it’s a good idea to remind your children of the importance of dental health right before they leave for summer camp (especially because you won’t be there to remind them).
• Great timing: It is recommended to schedule dental appointments every six months. Therefore, if you schedule an appointment in June, the next appointment can be right before Christmas, which is when your children are out of school again.
Make your children’s dental health a priority, and make it convenient for you. At Silverado Family Dental, we share a building with an orthodontist. You can schedule dental and orthodontic appointments back-to-back and get all of your mouth-related health needs taken care of at the same time.