Beautiful smiles and great oral health start early, with home habits and dental treatments that can pay dividends for a lifetime.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that toddlers see the dentist before the age of 1. By that time, it is likely that teeth are beginning to appear, and parents are becoming well aware of the challenges of teething, as well as habituating their child to the idea of routine brushing.
Of course, not every dental practice is set up to accommodate very young visitors, and so it’s very important to choose a caring and family-friendly practice like Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas for your child.
Dr. Añonuevo understands that the early years are a busy time in the life of a family, and scheduling this very first dental appointment must compete with other important priorities. When you and your child are ready, Dr. Añonuevo is happy to schedule the first exam. The exam will involve a gentle teeth cleaning, the application of fluoride to protect teeth against decay, evaluation of the gums and a check for any problems that may be emerging.
Why Children’s Dentistry is Important
Dental issues can have broad implications for children. For example, the health of baby teeth can affect speech development and even future eating habits. When a tooth is lost early, it is harder for a young child to properly enunciate early words. Missing teeth can also lead to extreme food selectivity, which in turn can result in insufficient nutrition and its related impact on physical development.
That is why cavities should be identified and addressed as early as possible. This not only saves the tooth but also prevents a tooth infection from spreading to the gums or the permanent teeth below.
Dental Care for Cavity Protection
Dr. Añonuevo will also discuss options preferred by some parents, such as dental sealants to fortify teeth and reduce the likelihood of cavities in the formative years. Home care will also be a focus of the first appointment, promoting a daily routine that your child can follow to ensure optimal dental health for a lifetime. Part of that healthy routine involves returning for a visit to our office every six months.
Dr. Añonuevo understands that one of the most important things about family dentistry is ensuring the comfort and happiness of your child. He gives his young patients ample time to adjust to the new surroundings, settle into the “big chair” and get to know the friendly Inspire Dentistry family.
If you would like to discuss your specific dental needs with a respected, trustworthy dentist in Charlotte, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Añonuevo. Please call or email Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas today to make your appointment.