PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Dr. Alirio Millan, DDS, recommends that parents bring their children in to have their gums and teeth checked before the reach age two, but preferably sooner than that. Even infants can benefit from having a professional examination of their gums to check for problems early on. Many other dentists agree, and a recent article
in the Journal Star explains the benefits that early checkups can have.
Although dental care does not often top the list of priorities when parents are planning for their child's first birthday, it should. Dr. Greg Fought and Dr. Todd Hohlen both recommend that children visit then dentist by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth breaking through. While this may seem early, it can help to establish healthy habits to prevent future problems. Parents can learn about proper brushing and diet for their children to start them off on the right path.
Bringing children to the dentist at an early age also helps to establish familiarity and comfort for both the child and the parent, explains Dr. Fought. In the event of a dental emergency, they will feel more comfortable going to the dentist for treatment at a familiar location. Dr. Hohlen also shares, "Infant dental visits can be a big step toward avoiding future problems."
The American Dental Association and the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both promote dental visits by age one as well. Not only does it help in the prevention of dental problems and improve oral health, it can reduce oral health care costs as well. Dr. Hohlen notes that some parents avoid trips to the dentist for their children in an attempt to save money. However he explains, "Studies show that the dental costs for children who have their first dental visit before age one are 40 percent lower in the first five years of life than for those who do not see a dentist prior to their first birthday."
Exposing children to the dentist and cleaning procedures early on can also help them to feel more relaxed and comfortable as they get older. They gain experience visiting the office and having cleanings. This can help to lower their anxiety as they age because they have already visited the dentist multiple times before. Taking children to a practice where they feel comfortable and one that provides a fun and positive atmosphere can help them to enjoy the dentist and motive them to take better care of their teeth shares Dr. Fought.
Dr. Alirio Millan, DDS, agrees. "The more familiar children become with the experience of going to the dentist, the easier it becomes for them," he explains. "Even before they have any teeth, it is important for parents to have infants' gums examined and learn how to properly care for their mouth. This can help to prevent problems later on. It is also important to continue educating children as they get older about healthy dental habits and how they can prevent cavities and other problems. Establishing these habits from an early age is beneficial." Dr. Alirio Millan, DDS, aims to make going to the dentist a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both children and adults.
Dr. Alirio Millan, DDS
, is the owner of Smile 32 Dental Centers, located in Richmond, Virginia. Before deciding to open his own practice, he gained experience through working at several other practices. His mission is to provide high-quality, low cost dental services to the African-American and Hispanic communities. Through his church he has provided free dental services to community, helping to give them access to necessary dental care.