Published on May 3, 2016, Updated on November 22, 2017
Creating a Dental Home Through Regular Visits
Regular visits to Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics put your child on a path for a lifetime of good dental health. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Studies show that children who have an established ‘dental home’ are more likely to seek and receive needed and preventive treatment for optimum oral health care and carry these habits throughout their lives.
Together We Are Strong
The success of your child’s oral health is a collaborative effort between the parent, the child and the dentist. All three need to be actively involved and educated for optimum oral health results. We ask parents to always be very open with us about their successes and challenges with their child’s dental care. The more we know, the more we can help!
Regular Visits to the Dentist Establish Trust
Commit to bringing your child every 6 months for a cleaning and examination to help Dr. Nam and her staff build a relationship of trust with them, monitor the development of teeth, and prevent any decay from developing. We encourage you to be part of the treatment experience by accompanying your child or teen back with Dr. Nam during dental visits and exams. We want to create a dental home for your child that they always feel comfortable visiting and staff that they feel support and help them in their dental health goals and needs.
The Parental Role for Dental Health
Parents play an essential role in helping create healthy permanent teeth in their children and teenagers. Through preventive care and action you can bypass the majority of dental challenges your child could face. Dr. Nam will work with you to establish an effective oral hygiene routine early in your child’s life to lay a foundation for strong, healthy teeth for years to come. Parents are role models for their children and through example and instruction you will teach them the importance of oral hygiene. Toothbrushing should be presented as a habit and an integral part of the daily hygiene routine.
For the first two years of life, parents should brush their child’s teeth with positive and encouraging attitudes. Typically, children begin brushing their teeth on their own around 3 years of age, but when they are finished brushing a parent should re-brush hard-to-clean areas until around the age of 6 and continue to supervise until age 9.
Call to Schedule a Visit Today
Setting your child up for success with oral health starts early with regular visits to Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for cleanings, exams and preventive care. Dr. Nam and her friendly staff are part of your team for helping your child achieve and maintain healthy teeth and total body wellness. Schedule a visit today with our office to make an appointment for your child or teen today!