- Oral Health
A Child's First Dentist Visit
When does a child need to visit the dentist for the first time?
As a start, parents ought to ask for advice from the dentist as soon as their child is teething. The reason for that is to get as much information as possible on the care of baby teeth. There is no need for parents to visit the dentist together with their baby but it vital to understand that caring for our teeth starts from the very first one.
The first official visit to the dentist for a check up should take place between 2-3 yrs old. During this first visit, the dentist cleans the child’s teeth thoroughly and checks for possible problem areas. The dentist will show the correct way of brushing to the child and also answer any questions the parents might have.
Can a child have some damage to baby teeth?
It is very important to know that plaque can be formed even in children’s teeth. There is also the risk of dental decay, which fluoride treatment will be needed. There are children with lots of filling in their teeth due to lack of care and hygiene.
When did you take you children to the dentist first time?
How should a parent prepare a child for the first visit to the dentist?
The best way to go is to not even make it a big deal. You can simply say that you are: ‘going to the dentist that will count our teeth’ and ‘show us how to brush them properly’ and ‘tell us what is the best toothbrush now that you are older’. It is better to avoid any talk about doctors and clinics, especially if the child has already a bad experience on the matter.
After the first visit, how often should the child go to the dentist?
The best is to visit the dentist twice a year so the gap between the visits is small. During this time, the teeth can damaged but the dentist can intervene without major implications. Try visiting the same dentist, if possible. A child’s dental records can be checked every time you pay a visit to the dentist.
Do we need to visit the dentist when the baby teeth start falling off?
This is a natural process that does not require any special check. The only reason you should take your child to the dentist during this period, is only if there are new teeth coming right behind the baby ones. The risk could be that the new teeth are trying to come out. But because there is no room they will be coming out in the wrong direction.
Remember that the first experience children have with the dentist should be a positive one. This way, they will grow up to love to take care of their teeth and visit the dentist regularly. Watch this video with them and have some fun talking about dentists!!