Children’s dentistry can be a difficult subject for parents because young children may be startled by early hygiene practices and being introduced to a new person and unfamiliar environment. Your child’s first baby teeth will usually become visible between the age of 6-8 months, which is when you should begin gently cleaning them with a soft brush and water to remove plaque. All 20 of children’s teeth will usually have appeared by the time they are 2 1/2 years old, and we suggest that your child’s first dental appointment take place shortly after they turn 3 years old.
Your child’s first visit with a dentist doesn’t have to be scary for them. With careful strategy, you can make children’s dentistry a positive experience for your son or daughter.
Preparing Your Child for Their First Appointment:
It is a great idea for you to read positive short stories from children’s books about visiting the dentist. It also helps your child feel less stress when you tell them about your own positive experiences with a dentist. Make a point of bringing your child to the office a few days before their appointment so they can tour the building and meet our friendly staff to help them feel more comfortable with the environment on the day of their examination.
The First Visit of Children’s Dentistry:
Smile Today will:
- Examine your child’s teeth, gums, and other oral tissue.
- Check to see if your child needs fluoride.
- Evaluate habits such as thumb sucking.
- Teach you how to properly clean your child’s teeth, and how to help them learn how to brush and floss on their own.
- Suggest a schedule for regular examinations.
Preventative Care in Children’s Dentistry
No child should have to experience cavity treatments at an early age, which is why we offer dental sealants which are thin coats of safe plastics that are painted onto tooth surfaces and are very effective for preventing cavities.
Smile Today is a great choice for providing children’s dentistry for your family. We enjoy creating a friendly, gentle, and positive environment for all of our patients. Schedule an appointment for your child’s first dental appointment today.