Children Dentistry: The First Visit

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children dentistryParents often wonder when is the right time for their children to visit dentist. In general, there is a “six months after the first tooth eruption” rule. Why is it imp0rtant to take your kids to the dentist’s before their first birthday? It is the best way to prevent common issues such as tooth decay and parents can learn how to clean their children’s teeth properly. Taking a child to the dentist’s at young age usually leads to a lifetime of proper oral care habits; children can acclimate to the dental office, therefore fear and anxiety is reduced.

First visits, if they happen at the right time, present nothing more than introductory icebreaker to acquaint children with the dentist and the dental practice. It is recommended to take your child to the dentists that specialize in children dentistry, since they know who to deal with less cooperative children, how to approach them and they will reschedule the visit if necessary. They should answer any questions parents have, provide non-threatening, relaxed environment for children. Both parents and children should feel comfortable throughout the first dental sessions. As a parent, you should be calm and patient. Children might be frightened and uncomfortable, therefore reassuring communication with them is of high importance. First visits should be short, painless and successful. It’s recommended to pay a visit to the dentist earlier in the day when children are fresh and alert. Some dentist prefer parents to hold the child during the examination, while other ask parents to wait in the reception area in order to build a child-dentist relationship.

For compliant children, the first visit to the dentist’s usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. Depending on age, the first session may include a through, but gentle examination of jaw, gums, bite, teeth, oral tissues, a gentle cleaning (plaque removal, teeth polishing), X rays, a demonstration of proper daily cleaning routine, assessment of the fluoride requirements.Like adults, children should see their dentist twice a year. Sometimes, dentist schedule interim visits in every 3 months to build up confidence and comfort. How to find a good dentist for your children? Even though genera dentist do treat children, it’s better to look for those specialized in children dentistry. Ask your dentist for a referral. A word-of-mouth from a family or friend can also be useful. Make sure that the dentist you choose have an office in your area, not too far from your home. If you are new in town, internet presentations may be useful. Check out client reviews and first go to the dental offices alone, just to check if everything looks alright before you bring your child.
Don’t delay your child’s first visit to the dentist’s. Your 1-year old is ready for the first dental checkup. The earlier a child visit the dentist, the better. Parents will learn about proper tooth care and eating habits that are helpful for heading the child in the right directions. If children build a good relationship with the dentists, the future visits won’t be so scary for children and stressful for both parents and dentists.

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