Importance of Pediatric Dentist

The Importance of a Great Pediatric Dentist
Posted on 06/11/2019
The Importance of a Great Pediatric Dentist

The Importance of a Great Pediatric Dentist

At Alderwood Children's Dentistry, our mission is to help kids throughout the greater Lynnwood, VA area develop beautiful, healthy smiles that last them a lifetime. And as we've seen time and time again, the early stages of dental development have a profound effect on lifetime dental health. Maintaining proper oral hygiene and fostering healthy dental development do more than just ensure a healthy smile during childhood: they influence your child's smile for a lifetime, and that's why having a world-class pediatric dentist is so important.

The Long-Term Effects of Pediatric Dentistry

Of course, having a healthy smile during childhood is important in its own right. Your child's smile is part of how they form their sense of identity, and a beautiful, healthy smile helps them learn confidence that can benefit them for a lifetime. But the impact of early dental health goes beyond that.

For one, your child learns some of their most fundamental functional skills in childhood. Children learn to speak, to chew, to swallow, and even to breathe correctly during childhood, and the teeth and smile play a critical role in this learning. Problems in dental health can actually lead to problems developing these core skills, which may require extensive treatment to fix down the line.

Secondly, your child learns oral hygiene habits on their baby teeth. Your child will develop their attitudes and habits around brushing, flossing, and general oral health using baby teeth. Setting the right tone and instilling strong oral hygiene habits will have a long shadow, influencing their behavior when taking care of their adult teeth for years to come.

And finally, the baby teeth have another developmental role to play. Primary teeth act as guides to help the permanent teeth erupt in the correct alignment. That means that if your child has a dental health problem, such as losing a primary tooth too early, it can disrupt the alignment of the permanent teeth when they erupt. This can result in more severe orthodontic conditions that require extensive treatment.

Contact Your Lynnwood Pediatric Dentist Today

While children should have a healthy smile for their own sake, the impact of pediatric dental care lasts far beyond childhood – so it's vital that your child have a reliable, effective, board-certified pediatric orthodontist. At Alderwood Children's Dentistry, we're proud to have been a trusted kids dentist in the Lynnwood community for years, and if you'd like to bring your child in for a checkup, we'd be thrilled to help. Contact us today to learn more about our practice or schedule an appointment for your child. We can't wait to hear from you!