Parenting a baby is challenging, fascinating and joyful—but, let’s be honest, mainly challenging. So it’s little wonder that visiting the dentist falls lower down your list of priorities.
But the truth is, if you want your child to grow up with a healthy, happy smile—and who doesn’t?—then it’s up to you to take the first step. One reason so many under-5s in the UK end up in hospital for tooth extractions is because parents simply don’t realise they should be taking their child to a dentist.
Healthy milk teeth are crucial to your child’s early development—not just in helping your growing child get the right nutrition through chewing, but also for speech and jaw development, which in turn affects the correct formation of facial features. Premature extraction of teeth due to decay can affect all of these developmental milestones.
So when is the right time to take your child to the dentist? Remember the rule of firsts: first tooth or first birthday = first dental visit!
Bringing your baby to the dentist before the age of one is recommended by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry because it gives the dentist a chance to check for any underlying problems and confirm baby’s dental development is healthy. An early dental visit also plays a huge role in creating positive experiences of the dentist, and good habits that stick.
Even better, choosing a paediatric dentist like Happy Kids Dental pays dividends when it comes to getting children on board with dental visits. Kitted out with amazing play areas and state-of-the-art technology, the practice has handpicked its team for its skill, experience and amazing rapport with children. They’ll take all the time your baby or child needs to feel relaxed in their care, offering tailored tips, techniques and products to help give children the best possible start in life.
So if your baby’s first teeth are poking through—or they’re about to turn one—you know what you need to do. Bring them to a dentist, and make sure that cute, toothy grin develops into a healthy smile for life.
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