Dental care for children is an essential part of establishing good hygiene practises that will follow them into their teenage years and adult life. Starting dental care early also allows your dentist to monitor the ongoing development of their teeth and jaw.
Your child should see a dentist for the first time once their first baby tooth erupts. These initial visits are as much about building a positive, trusting relationship with your child as they are about monitoring the health of their teeth.
Forming a good relationship with a dentist early on should help solidify a philosophy of preventative care and maintenance in your children, as well as helping them to feel more comfortable attending dental appointments and undergoing treatment later in life.
Children are inquisitive by nature, so it is quite common for them to ask a lot of questions during a dental appointment. It is their way of familiarising themselves with new surroundings. The dentist will introduce themselves and make the visit as fun as they can to help your child be at ease in their company.
Depending on your child’s age, the dentist may show them how to brush their teeth and take care of their dental hygiene. If they are too young to manage their own oral health regime, the dentist will show you how to clean their teeth for them.
The goal is to create a warm, welcoming, fun environment for your children, so they feel confident and comfortable before and during a visit to the dentist.
Visiting the dentist twice a year helps develop a routine and establish relationships with the dentist and the rest of the practice team.
There are special toothbrushes for children of all ages, including babies, toddlers, and infants. Once your child’s first teeth have emerged, gently brush them twice a day, using a small amount of a fluoride toothpaste designed for children.
Once they are old enough, you can show them how to do it themselves. Watch over your child to make sure they are doing it correctly and provide guidance if necessary.
Try to encourage a healthy, balanced, low-sugar diet high in calcium and crunchy fruits and vegetables. Educate your children on the harmful effects of sugary foods and drinks on the teeth, and limit sugar intake to a special treat during mealtimes.
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