Greenwood, SC Dentist
It’s vital to instill healthy habits in your children from an early age, and dental habits are no exception. Starting their teeth cleanings in adolescence can make the habit of going to the dentist last a lifetime. Encourage your child to listen to the dental team during their visit, and be sure to make sure they understand that visiting a dentist twice a year is vital to keeping their teeth bright and healthy. At home, always stress to them to brush and floss twice a day.
The best way to maintain your child’s oral health is to start their dental care early and often. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first visit to the dentist be when you see their first teeth emerging or by their first birthday. Early checkups can catch signs of tooth decay before it gets out of control.
Bringing your child to visit us twice a year will help prevent the onset of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. During each visit, we’ll clean your child’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. We’ll also check for early signs of issues with the teeth and gums.
The best way to ensure your child keeps up with their oral health is to stress to them that their care is a partnership between them and their hygienist. Tooth decay is becoming a chronic common illness for adolescents and teens, and we can teach your child how to properly avoid it. We’ll talk to them about hygiene habits like brushing and flossing and healthy food choices such as avoiding sugars and hard foods.
Fluoride is a key component of treating your child’s teeth. It’s a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and makes teeth more resistant to decay. We offer in-office fluoride treatments and can recommend toothpastes and mouth rinses that contain fluoride so you can continue its use at home.
Another way to help your child prevent tooth decay is to have their teeth treated with sealants. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to protect them from damage and decay.
It’s easy for your child to experience a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums with your help. Contact Christopher T. Griffin DMD, LLC today to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your child to set them on the path to their best possible oral health.