Help your child achieve a beautifully healthy smile!
At our dental practice in Southport, we know that the secret to forming healthy oral habits from a young age is FUN! In response to this, we provide a dental experience for your child that is comfortable, engaging, and enjoyable to help your child develop healthy oral habits for life.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
We recommend that children visit our practice located in Southport as early as possible. As a general rule, we like to see children when their teeth first erupt or by their second birthday – whichever comes first. From this, our dentists can monitor the healthy development of your child’s smile and employ early intervention dentistry and orthodontics if necessary.
My infant has not had their teeth erupt yet; do I still need to clean their mouth?
The simple answer to this is YES! Even when our children have not yet grown their primary (milk) teeth, they are still susceptible to dental diseases, such as gum disease. We recommend cleaning your infant’s smile with a clean damp cloth after every feed to help remove any bacteria in the mouth that could damage their gums. It is also important not to put your child to bed with juice or milk, as these liquids are high in sugars and can impact your child’s oral health.
If they are just going to lose them anyway, why are primary teeth so important?
Yes, your child’s teeth will fall out eventually, but they play an important role that is absolutely crucial for your child. Your child’s primary teeth are vital for their dental development and their overall development. This is because teeth are a necessity for speaking, forming words, eating, and acting as a placeholder for adult teeth.
If your child’s teeth are not in good condition, it could impact their development and impair their learning process at a crucial time in their life. Our professional team at our Southport dental practice is dedicated to the health and development of your child’s smile, and will only recommend treatment if it is within your child’s best interests.