The majority of children see a pediatrician regularly for checkups and preventive care, but far fewer children have regular visits to a pediatric dentist. However, caring for your child's teeth and gums is an essential part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Dr. James Lesinski is an experienced pediatric dentist in Amherst, NY with years of experience helping parents initiate proper dental care. Here are several reasons to schedule your child's appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.

1. Oral Health Is Linked to General Health

Teeth and gum issues are not isolated, but rather, can affect a child's overall health. Additionally, certain oral health issues can indicate other potential problems. Early treatment and keeping your child's teeth and gums clean and strong are an important part of encouraging his or her general health.

2. Early Treatment Is the Most Effective

Many children experience mild gum disease and cavities in baby teeth, and leaving these issues unattended can lead to serious problems with adult teeth. Early treatment for gingivitis and cavities helps reduce the chance for future incidents.

3. Protective Measures Reduce Problems

Baby teeth are exposed to many things that can weaken enamel and lead to cavities. Milk, formula, and juice are all high in sugar, and habits such as thumb-sucking and teeth grinding are common children as well. All these things can lead to oral health problems, but Dr. Lesinski can help you learn how to protect your child's teeth by eliminating bad habits.

4. Early Exposure Encourages a Lifetime of Good Oral Health

Many adults struggle with tooth and gum issues from fear of going to the dentist. Taking your child to the dentist from a young age helps reduce anxiety. Dr. Lesinski's pediatric dentistry expertise helps make your child's visit comfortable and fun so there is little risk of fear.

Schedule an Appointment

Children should begin dental visits by age one or within six months of the first tooth erupting. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and help your child begin a habit of good oral health.