Taking Care of Tiny Smiles

Doctor dentist teaching a child to brush teeth. Dentist concept.It goes without saying that preventive dentistry is the name of the game when it comes to ensuring a healthy smile. Even still, sometimes situations arise that require restorative treatment in order to better prioritize your oral health. Indeed, everyone’s situation is different, though one thing remains true: the health of your smile is heavily dependent on the type and amount of care you provide it. In today’s blog, your Pella, IA dentist discusses the importance of lifelong preventive care, and why starting sooner with younger smiles is the best practice to achieve this goal.

Why Start Early?

Whether you are aware of it or not, your smile faces a myriad of threats and concerns over the course of your life. In fact, dental decay may be the most common issue, but it is far from the only one. You see, your oral health is comprised of more than just your teeth, and every component requires some level of care. In other words, you are not only prioritizing your teeth, but your tongue, gums, roots, cheeks, lips, and throat as well.

Because these threats never cease their impact on your smile, it only makes sense that routine preventive care is an ongoing process. In order to ensure your smile’s best chances of success and health, it is best to start care as soon as possible.

As a matter of fact, our team recommends bringing your little one in for his or her first checkup by either the sight of their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever occurs sooner. This preliminary visit is intended to familiarize you infant with our office and team so that future visits are more comfortable and calmer. To learn more about this process, reach out to us today.

Monitoring Development

By about the age of three, we will begin to see your little one more regularly for checkups and cleanings. In fact, we recommend bringing him or her in at least once every six months in order for our team to properly monitor your child’s smile development. You see, what might seem like a minor concern or development might actually impact your little one’s grin significantly down the line, and bi-annual visits make it possible to ensure minor issues do not develop into major ones.

Additional Treatment

Tiny grins require just as much care as fully-developed smiles, if not more. Because of this, our team also offers additional treatment to help provide an added boost of strength. The next time you visit our office, ask our team about dental sealants and fluoride treatments for your little one.

Schedule Your Visit

To learn more about the importance of starting care early, contact Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA by calling 641-628-1121 and schedule your next appointment with our team today.