Temple University Logo We are already aware about the overall health benefits due to good oral hygiene and here is another investigation which highlights the benefits of visiting the dentist. A recent research put forth by the Temple University claims that early oral health has a significant impact on the overall health of children. It was suggested that a child can first meet the dentist at 12 months or within six months of the time when the first tooth emerges in the mouth.

At early age, the dentist’s focus is probably more on prevention than treatment. Also instructions on how to clean the whole mouth, diet, fluoride, non-nutritional habits like thumb sucking and injury prevention will be given. In the initial visit, the dentist thoroughly assays the child’s teeth and gums, the roof and floor of the mouth as well as the shape of the developing jaws. The dentist can seeming advice on proper diet and nutrition and also show the parent/guardian how to brush at home.

“We’re trying to follow the medical model of care for children by preventing disease from occurring before it begins,” said Temple University pediatric dentist Mark Helpin, who is also the acting chair of pediatric dentistry in Temple’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. “What we want is to establish a ‘dental home’ for the child, as well as their parents, where they can go to get comprehensive and continuous oral health care.”

Even though some think that preventive care is less important for primary or baby teeth as it will eventually fall out, oral health maintenance seems to control cavity-causing bacteria. Majority of the kids probably suffer from cavities during childhood. If left untreated, cavities can supposedly make the child ill and create an impact on the development of permanent teeth.

It was concluded that just an early visit to the dentist can possibly keep babies, infants, toddlers and children healthy.