The Santa Monica Family Dentist Shares Tips for Giving Your Child a Positive Start with Their Oral Health!

by Dr. Follette | Date Published: 2018-01-30

Our entire team enjoys treating kids because we have the opportunity to give them a healthy, positive start with their oral health. Early dental visits for your little ones are essential, but they tend to be more about education than treatment.

The Santa Monica family dentist knows from experience that raising kids is hard work, and nobody expects you to be an expert in their oral health care. That’s our job! During these early visits, our family dentist will focus on showing you how you can ensure that your child has a healthy smile.

Teach Your Child to Brush and Floss

We will show you the best ways for you to brush and floss your child’s teeth. If you have an older child, we will include them in the conversation so that they can learn proper oral hygiene techniques. These are lessons that, when reinforced at home, will benefit your child’s oral health long into adulthood.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential at every age, even for children as young as a year old. We want to make sure you have the information necessary to protect primary teeth because they play a very important role.

Even though they eventually fall out, baby teeth have a big job to do. They hold a place for the permanent teeth that are already developing in their gums. Losing a baby tooth too early because of decay can have serious effects on your child’s oral health.

Surrounding baby teeth start to shift position and drift into the space left by a missing tooth. Permanent teeth no longer have the space to grow in properly, leading to tooth misalignment and orthodontic treatment in the future.

Please Call to Schedule an Appointment

Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. Call the Santa Monica family dentist to arrange an appointment, and we will help you make the best choices for your child's unique and precious personality.