Early dental visits form the foundation of good oral health. When your child's mouth is healthy, it leads to better overall health! The best way to make sure this happens is with preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry begins when the first tooth erupts in the mouth. Your first visit to Dr. Pacella should start at 12 months, or no later than when your child gets her first tooth. After your child's first visit to Dr. Pacella, a personalized preventive plan will be designed for home care-brushing, flossing, and fluoride recommendations. You can help your child achieve a lifetime of healthy habits by showing her proper dental habits.
What is included in preventive dentistry?
- Proper brushing and dietary habits
- Brushing and flossing
- Regular dental check ups
- Assessing risk for developing cavities
- Evaluating oral growth and development
- Oral health education
- Protection against injuries
- Management of oral habits
- Guidance of erupting teeth
What happens if I don't follow preventive dentistry?
- Oral conditions (such as cavities and broken teeth) can interfere with eating, speaking, and daily activities, which can lead to lower self-esteem
- Severe decay will affect tooth growth and development
- Dental pain may make your child unable to concentrate in school
- Treatment will be more expensive, more extensive and may last longer