The Stoneridge Dental team knows parenting is equal parts rewarding and exhausting—most of us have kids ourselves, so we know how much effort it takes to keep kids healthy and happy—and everyone from mommy blogs to mothers-in-law has opinions on where parents are falling short. Are the kids eating a balanced diet? Getting enough sleep? Of course, brushing and flossing regularly needs to be part of the daily to-do list. Below, Gilbert dentist Dr. Nathan Saydyk answers a few of the most common questions we hear from parents of young kids.
Question: When should my child go to the dentist for the first time?
Answer: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child’s first dental appointment happen before age one. But, if your child is already two or three and they haven’t been to the dentist yet, don’t worry–just make the appointment as soon as possible. If you missed the official window, the best thing you can do it take them in now.
Question: Should I find a pediatric dentist, or can I take my child to my regular dental provider?
Answer: There is no absolute right answer here. If you have a great relationship with your dentist and they see children your child’s age, you can try it out and see how it goes. However, there are benefits to seeing a pediatric dentist, such as:
Question: I can’t get my kids to brush and floss like they are supposed to…and I’m at the end of my rope, what can I do?
Answer: Take a deep breath! Resistance to brushing and flossing is a normal part of being a kid. These days, there are some fun and engaging ways to encourage good oral hygiene. Try a few and see what sticks:
Question: My child has a cavity in a baby tooth – can’t we just pull it? It’s going to fall out anyway.
Answer: Baby teeth, or primary teeth, are more important to the long-term growth and development of your child than you may realize. Baby teeth assist in chewing healthy foods, speech development, and proper growth and structure of the jaw.
Keeping kids’ teeth healthy isn’t easy. Kids can be stubborn and strong-willed, and it’s hard not to feel like a failure if they aren’t cooperating. However, there are resources available to you to help. First, ask Dr. Nathan Saydyk for advice. If you don’t know how to handle something or notice your child having issues, don’t hesitate to ask. Think of the Stoneridge Dental team as your cheerleaders when it comes to your child’s oral health. If you don’t know how to handle something or notice your child having issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here for you!
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*Dr. Nathan Saydyk is a general dentist providing pediatric services.
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