Taking your child for their first dentist appointment can be both an exciting and nerve racking time. That’s why, here at Inland Family Dentistry, we do everything we can to make sure your child has a comfortable, enjoyable experience when they visit our office. Of course, as a parent, we want you to be comfortable and educated about your child’s oral health too!
To help with that, in this article, we’re going to be sharing some fun and interesting facts about pediatric dentistry that are sure to make you smile and help your child build a positive relationship with their dentist.
1. Choosing a “Dental Home” for Your Child
As silly as that may sound, choosing and sticking with the same dentist for the duration of your child’s oral care is one of the best ways to ensure they have a positive impression of the dentist. Not only will this make it easier when it’s time for a checkup, but having a consistent “Dental Home” will also help your child build a strong oral hygiene routine.
Another added benefit of choosing a “Dental Home” for your child is getting to build a relationship with the dentist. Seeing a familiar face every time they come for a checkup can make a world of difference, especially for children that make experience anxiety.
2. It’s Never Too Early For Their 1st Visit
Did you know that your baby’s first set of teeth are also known as milk teeth? These 20 temporary teeth are already fully formed at birth and rest just under the gum line until they begin emerging as early as 6 months of age! However, just because your baby won’t have any teeth for the first few months doesn’t mean you have to wait to go to the dentist.
Here at Inland Family Dentistry, we encourage parents to come in for an initial visit as early as they like. Our friendly, professional hygienists and dentists will be happy to share the various techniques you can use to ensure your baby has a clean, healthy mouth even before their first teeth start to come in.Once their teeth have started to come in we offer our Teddy Bear Checkups to help your child get comfortable at the dentist.
3. Prehistoric Children Rarely Had Cavities
That’s right, prehistoric civilizations had drastically lower rates of cavities despite not even having access to something as simple as a toothbrush and toothpaste! Historians discovered that cavities didn’t start becoming a major problem until humans learned to farm roughly 10,000 years ago, introducing grains into the diet and all of the bacteria producing mayhem that comes along with it. Ancient farmers have been found with nearly 50% of their teeth decayed!
In today’s modern world, it’s more important than ever that you pay close attention to your child’s oral routine to ensure cavities never become a problem. Even though it can feel like a losing battle between the soda, junk food, and ever enticing candy options, having a good dentist will keep your child’s dental health on track.
4. Chewing Gum Can Protect Your Teeth
Did you know that kids in the United States (well, their parents) collectively spend just over half a billion dollars on chewing gum each year? When broken down, that translates to 444 pieces of gum being sold every second! Even though gum often gets a bad reputation for being nothing more than a stick of chewy sugar, that’s not always the case. In fact, studies have found that some chewing gum can actually be good for your child’s teeth.
Before we start talking about how gum can help protect your teeth, it’s important to mention that we’re strictly talking about sugar-free gum. Of the varieties you can choose from, studies have found that gum sweetened with xylitol actually prevent the growth of cavity causing bacteria in the mouth. Simply check the nutrition labels the next time you’re at the store.
5. Each Person Has Unique Teeth
Just like fingerprints, no two people can have an identical set of teeth. Don’t believe us? Do a quick Google search on teeth to see just how many different shapes and sizes they can come in. Of course, that’s only part of what makes your teeth special. The other half of the puzzle is the grooves and unique bite pattern that detectives are able to use to ID criminals during an investigation. Pretty cool, huh?
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Trying to find the perfect pediatric dentist for your baby or child? Give us a call today to book an initial appointment and experience the Inland Family Dentistry difference for yourself!