Oral health care is important at any age and dentists recommend check-ups even before toddlers have most of their teeth. While many people do not schedule general dentistry visits before the age of 3, dentists like to keep tabs on gum health and tooth eruption as early as possible. General dentistry appointments can identify unhealthy dental habits early and allow dentists to then work with parents to correct them and treat any negative effects from these. For example, it is fairly common for parents to put a child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice in order to soothe them to sleep, not realizing the danger of this behavior to the child’s general dentistry health. Basic general dentistry knowledge given at first dental visits teaches that sugar left to sit on teeth overnight leads to decay and cavities. “Milk bottle” cavities require filling to maintain function and further decay.
Though children only have them for a few years, primary teeth are very important in overall, lifetime dental health. Many people do not realize that baby teeth are place holders for permanent teeth, they help children properly and easily chew food, and they aid in correct speech development. Providing routine general dentistry care for your children and teaching them the importance of thorough oral care aids in the development and maintenance of the healthy smiles which makes everyone happy.