Did you know that it's important to start brushing your child's baby teeth as soon as they arrive? Why, you might ask, is it so important to care for these small teeth that will fall out in few years anyway? Great question! Dr. William McMaugh, your premiere kids dentist in Harleysville, has the answers for you.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Believe it or not, these small teeth have very important work to do. Baby teeth help your child learn how to eat solid foods, and they also help your child learn language and how to speak. One of their biggest responsibilities however, is to hold space for, and guide their permanent adult teeth into place when it's time for them to arrive. This is why it's important to brush baby teeth and keep them clean, strong, and healthy.
When Should My Child First See the Dentist?
Dr. McMaugh likes to start seeing children around the age of three years old. By this time, your child's baby teeth are all in place and we can perform an exmination, and perhaps a dental cleaning. We start off slow with our little patients to ensure that they feel comfortable and safe when they come to our office. We call these "happy visits." We also like to encourage parents to bring their children to their own dental appointments to help acclimate them to the office and show them that dental appointments are not scary.
Additional Services for Children
We also offer additional services for children such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants because Dr. McMaugh believes that prevention and being proactive about oral health is the key to maintaining it. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen and build small teeth. Dental sealants are a protective coating that covers the chewing surface of your child's tooth and protects it from tooth decay and cavities.
Dr. McMaugh and his team understand how important these first dental visits are for your child's future success, and we make every effort to keep them fun and upbeat at our office. We look forward to building a relationship with your child so they can learn the significance of oral health. Contact us today to schedule your child's next appointment.