Many parents assume that dental screenings aren’t important for babies or toddlers who have only a few teeth. But early dental screenings are crucial for your child’s health, with the first typically by their first birthday. If your child needs pediatric dental care, Dr. Joanne Vargas-Velasco can help. Her practice, Greyling Dental in San Diego, provides comprehensive general dentistry services for the whole family. Call Greyling Dental or book an appointment online today.
Children should begin to see a dentist as soon as their first teeth emerge. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should have their first dental appointment by the time they are 1 year old. Your child should then continue to have checkups every six months.
During these checkups, Dr. Vargas-Velasco will explain how to care for your child’s new teeth. She will explain what dental issues you should watch for and offer advice on thumb sucking, weaning, proper nutrition, and more.
In some cases, your child may need to see a specialist like an orthodontist or oral surgeon. If so, Dr. Vargas-Velasco can provide a referral.
Regular dental exams allow Dr. Vargas-Velasco to examine your child’s teeth and gums carefully. When caught early, many dental issues can be dealt with quickly and painlessly. But delaying care can result in dental problems that are painful or expensive to fix.
Preventive care can also help keep your child’s mouth and teeth healthy. Dental exams offer parents the opportunity to ask questions about what dental issues they can expect as their child grows.
Parents of young children often have questions about the following childhood dental issues:
Dr. Vargas-Velasco can let you know what to expect in these areas. She can also help treat any routine injuries to their teeth or mouth.
You can help protect your child’s oral health by making sure they maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice a day will lessen cavities and the chances of developing gingivitis.
It’s also essential to provide your child with a healthy diet. Limit sugary snacks like candy and discourage your child from drinking too much soda or juice. Instead, encourage your child to drink plenty of water.
If your child participates in sports, you may need to take special precautions to avoid injuries to their mouth or teeth. Ask Dr. Vargas-Velasco for more information on how to prevent oral damage from sports injuries.
Dr. Vargas-Velasco and her team at Greyling Dental can help protect your child’s teeth. Call or book an appointment online today.