Manuel Castillo, DDS
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist


dentistry for children

Why is Dentistry for Children Important for Their Health?

Did you know that taking your child to the dentist is also essential for their overall health beyond the aesthetics of a beautiful smile when they’re older? Not only will they be able to learn how to brush their teeth properly, but you’re also helping reduce the chances of them suffering from tooth decay or worse. Keep reading to learn why dentistry for children is necessary for their long-term health!

Develop Important Habits Early  

When you take your child to the dentist early on and start helping them brush and floss each day, you’re setting them up for success later in life.  

This is because not only will they find that going to the dentist is a routine appointment that doesn’t have to be scary, but they’ll also develop toothbrushing habits that they’ll carry over into their adulthood.   

The easier it is for your kids to brush their teeth each day, the more likely they will not suffer from cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis.   

Identify Issues Earlier  

Dentists recommend that you take your child to the dentist within six months of their first tooth coming in or when they’re at the most 12 months old. This is because your dentist will be able to address issues that they identify earlier on, leading to straighter and healthier teeth.   

For instance, they may find that thumb-sucking, mouth-breathing, or overbites are causing issues that dentists can quickly address before they become severe.   

Developing cavities may also be a sign that your child may have some nutritional issues–helping parents with this can help their child’s growth overall.   

Learning Good Techniques  

Remember that while the frequency of toothbrushing and flossing matters, so do your toothbrushing techniques. Brushing your teeth for not enough time or with the wrong pressure will negatively affect your teeth.   

If you teach your child the proper toothbrushing techniques young, the easier time they’ll have to brush their teeth the right way when they’re older. This will also result in fewer cavities and tooth decay!   

Dentists help with this because they have tools to show areas your child has missed after brushing their teeth. In addition, these short lessens will help instill in them great habits.   

Dentistry for Children: Teaching Them Young  

Taking your children to the dentist when they’re 12 months old or younger will help instill habits that will last them for the rest of their lives. Using the right toothbrushing techniques twice a day won’t seem like a hassle to them when they’ve been doing it all their lives.   

This will result in healthier teeth and less chance of going to the dentist for cavities, gingivitis, tooth decay, and more.  

Are you ready to take your child to people who understand the importance of dentistry for children? Fill out our online form to request an appointment today!   


We understand that parents, at times, are unable to take care of their children’s dental needs during regular business hours. That’s why we are happy to offer services on Saturday morning and have an extended day on Wednesday until 7pm.