Three important stages to protect your child’s oral health

Starting your child’s oral health journey is important for maintaining and safeguarding their overall health foundation at a young age.  Investing in their lifelong smiles not only helps them practice healthy dental habits, but it also makes them emotionally ready for future dental treatments. 

While it is ideal to have their dental visit as early as possible, there are three very important stages at which your child should have their dental check-ups. 

Infant Stage (ages 6 to 12 months) 

The sooner your children begin getting their dental check-ups, the healthier their mouths will be. Your child’s first tooth will appear between the ages of six and twelve months, and they will start practising bad oral habits such as thumb sucking and sleeping on their bottles, making it easy for them to catch cavities. At this stage, the parents must be guided on how to practice preventative actions to make their kids cavity-free. 

Toddler stage (ages 4 to 6)  

Around this age, your child typically has their first set of primary teeth. While these aren’t considered permanent, they will affect the growth and alignment of their teeth in the future. On another note, your child’s speech development also begins at the toddler stage, and a dental assessment can identify potential issues such as cavity buildup and give proper treatment if needed. 

Transitional Stage (ages 7-12)

This stage marks the transition of your child’s oral health as they start losing primary teeth and make way for permanent ones. At this age, their first molars are also most likely to erupt, and an orthodontic evaluation is important to help them identify potential issues and correct them as early as possible to maintain and grow a healthy set of teeth. 

As parents, we want to provide the best care for our child’s oral health, ensuring that they would establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. 

Pediatric Dentists in Penrith 

At Tindale Dental, we are passionate about taking care of our younger patients. By providing comprehensive children’s dental treatment with a friendly approach, we ensure that your child can have a positive and safe dental experience with us. 

So, if you are looking for a dentist to entrust your children’s oral health, give our team of friendly dentists a call at (02) 4726 5400.