First Tooth, First Visit: Proper Oral Hygiene for Children
Oftentimes new parents will ask at what age their child should begin going to the dentist. The simplest answer is once they get their first tooth, or by the first birthday, parents should schedule their child’s first dental visit. Parents often have the misconception that a child is too young or doesn’t have enough teeth for a dental visit. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had a cavity by the age 4, and many kids as early as 2. Development of good oral hygiene begins at an early age. The first dental visi will provide you with answers to many of your questions such as proper dental care for your infant or toddler’s mouth, oral habits, proper use of fluoride and links between diet and oral health.
Preparing for the First Visit
When children begin their dental visits at an early age, they are usually too young to be nervous. Establishing a relationship with your Parker County dentist once teeth begin to erupt is important to remove any anxiety a child may develop. There are several ways to prepare your child for their first dental appointment. Take turns with your child playing the dentist and patient. Count each other’s teeth and examine your mouth’s with a mirror to prepare them. Be sure to plan plenty of time for your appointment to not feel rushed. Schedule it at a time of day when your child is well-rested and comfortable. Your child may fuss a little bit during the appointment, but you may be surprised at how accepting infants and toddlers can be when the dentist examines them.
If Future Treatment Is Needed
Outside of their first visit, we ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience on their own. We are great at helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon with children, so please try not to be too worrisome if your child shows hesitation. This is considered quite normal and will often diminish after a visit they did with our team on their own.
Studies and experience with children have shown that most over four years of age react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own. Of course, if it is apparent upon trying this that your child is too young or too anxious to tolerate separation, parental assistance may be welcomed and encouraged at our discretion.
Your Aledo dentist, Goodwin Dental, sees all ages from toddlers to grandparents, call us today to schedule your child’s first “happy visit”.
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