Dentistry for Kids Escondido CA
Children's dentistry is important in order to help kids start out with good oral health. At Robert J. Malone DDS we are experts in preventive dentistry for kids. Schedule an appointment for your child with our pediatric dentist in Escondido as soon as their first tooth erupts.
If your child's first experience with the dentist is when they are in pain, it is likely they will associate future visits with pain and fear. This reluctance to see the dentist may well carry on into adulthood and could even lead to a dental phobia—where any visit is a traumatic experience. This is detrimental to oral health as routine preventive measures may not be carried out because these patients are too terrified to go to the dentist, and will only visit when pain or discomfort necessitates intervention from an oral health professional.
The importance of making your child accustomed to the dentist is crucial, and it is better that their first appointments be stress-free. Taking them for check-ups and appealing to your child's natural curiosity will ensure they look forward to going to the dentist and see the experience as nothing to be afraid of.
When babies are born, they usually do not have any teeth. However, around the age of six months old, the primary teeth begin to erupt. At this point, it is important to start brushing your child's teeth and gums. There are 20 in total and by the age of three years old, baby teeth should be fully grown.
Some people think that because these teeth fall out, that they don't need to care for them. In reality, baby teeth are placeholder teeth that act as a guide for the adult teeth when they start to emerge. If any baby teeth fall out too early, it will create problems as the other teeth will naturally drift to fill any empty spaces. This means that the adult teeth are not guided into the correct positions and could require your child to wear braces when they are older. Sometimes when this happens, we will have your child wear a space maintainer to keep the space available for the permanent teeth to come in.
Emerging Adult Teeth
Once adult teeth start coming out and emerging from the gums (or when a child is nearing adulthood), specialist treatment may be required like braces or fillings. It's best if your kids get into good habits of going to the dentist at least twice a year so that any issues can be detected before they become major problems that require more extensive treatments later on down the line.
Dentist for Kids Escondido
Regular brushing and flossing at home is very important for children to maintain healthy mouths. It is a good idea for your child to visit the dentist regularly. This helps catch any issues before they escalate into something more serious and difficult to fix, as well as educate them about potential problems for their oral health, such as sugar consumption. Call (760) 546-5557 to find out more about dentistry for kids at Robert J. Malone DDS.