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Why Consistent Dental Visits Are Important for Children

June 20, 2019
Posted By: Anthony Bartels DDS
Child | Kid's Dentistry Jonesboro AR

Did you know that your child should begin visiting your family dentist every six months around the age of one-year-old? While this seems early, it gives your children's dentist in Jonesboro the opportunity to not only begin building rapport with your little one but also begin monitoring their oral development. 

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Parents often wonder why they should give their child's baby teeth so much attention when they're going to fall out soon anyway. Your son or daughter's oral development began even before they were born, and you might be surprised to learn that baby (primary) teeth have a few significant jobs to do before they fall out.

  • Baby teeth help introduce your little one to solid foods
  • Your baby's first words and sounds depend on help from their teeth
  • Baby teeth are guides and place holders for incoming adult teeth

When your son or daughter loses a baby tooth too early, it may impact their oral development.

Establishing a Relationship

When children visit the dentist early on, it provides an opportunity to develop a healthy relationship with their dental provider. Many adults feel anxious about visiting the dentist due to experiences they had as a child, and you have a chance to help your child feel confident and safe when they visit the dentist, which is a gift that lasts for a lifetime.

As Your Little One Grows

Your children's dentist in Jonesboro may recommend some extra services as your little one gets older, such as fluoride treatment and dental sealants. Your dentist can incorporate fluoride into their routine cleaning appointment, and it helps to strengthen and protect developing teeth from decay.

Dental sealants provide a thin coating over the top of your son or daughter's back teeth to protect them from the acids that cause tooth decay and cavities.

If you are looking for high-quality children's dentistry in Jonesboro, contact Dr. Anthony Bartels to learn more about why he's the dentist that families trust!

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