Pediatric Dentistry in Sandy, UT
As a leading family dentist in Salt Lake City, Dr. Thomas Dickson knows that healthy smiles begin in childhood. It is generally recommended that you begin taking your child to see a children’s dentist around the time the first baby tooth emerges. This is important because it allows the child to become accustomed to dentistry and develop a proper oral hygiene routine. It is also recommended that parents start brushing and flossing their child’s mouth around this same time. When the child is old enough, they should learn how to properly brush and floss their own teeth and see a children’s dentist at least twice a year. The earlier you and your child develop a proper oral health care routine together, the better the chances these habits will become permanent.
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is mainly concerned with preventative care. The goal is to establish a healthy routine in the child such as daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to a children’s dentist. However, it is equally important that the parent learn about common dental issues that affect children such as thumb sucking and bruxism. Pediatric dentistry is just as much about educating the parent as it is the child.
Be a Role Model
Parents can reach their children in ways that a children’s dentist cannot. The best way to teach your child about oral hygiene is to set a good example. Children often imitate the actions of their parents, so when they see that you are brushing and flossing twice a day, they are more likely to adopt that behavior themselves. Remember that pediatric dentistry is as much about the parent as it is the child. For more tips on teaching your child good oral hygiene, contact Dr. Dickson, the leading family dentist in Salt Lake City, today!
Dr. Thomas R. Dickson and Dr. Lester W. Cannon, general dentists in Midvale, Utah, treat patients from Midvale, UT; Millcreek, UT; and Sandy, UT as well as the surrounding areas. Dr. Dickson and Dr. Cannon provide advanced dental treatments including the LANAP Laser Treatment for gum disease, dental implants, All-on-4, root canals, sedation, and orthodontics. Call (801) 784-1999 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online.