If it’s time to bring your child to their first dentist visit, you might find yourself with a lot of questions. Here are a few common questions and answers regarding children’s dental care:
How often should my child visit a dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it’s recommended that your child have a check-up every six months. These checkups will serve to monitor your child’s teeth for decay, and help establish a good dental health routine.
How do I choose a dentist?
When choosing a dentist for your child, you’ll want to make sure that you choose a dentist that is operating out of a family practice. This means that the practice includes dental care for all ages, and that the dentist should be sensitive to the treatment of children. Look online for reviews and feedback from other patients, or ask friends and family for a referral.
How do I prepare my child for their first visit?
Whatever you do, don’t make them afraid! If you yourself suffer from dental fear, put it aside when you tell your child about their upcoming visit. You don’t want to instill negative associations before they even get to their appointment! You can explain to them, in plain terms, that a dentist will take a look at their teeth to make sure they’re healthy. A family dentist who is experienced with children should also be able to answer questions in an informative and friendly manner, and explain to your child what they are doing. Of course, you should stay in the exam room with your child to prevent them from feeling nervous or afraid.
How do I encourage good dental habits at home?
Part of preventive care is taking care of your oral health at home. Teach your child about what causes tooth decay, and how sugar is bad for their teeth. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having a sugary snack as a treat, but your children should be aware of what could cause cavities. Teach your children proper brushing and flossing techniques (you can ask their dentist to explain as well) and join them at night for brushing and flossing to make sure that they’re doing it correctly. Be educational, but don’t frighten your children with threats of cavities!
Overall, dental care and oral health are important at every age, and good dental habits should be established early on. Keep on top of your child’s dental appointments and help them stay cavity-free!
The team at Levan Dental Group specializes in taking care of children’s dental health. We make it fun and provide the highest quality dental care. Please contact our office today at 734-464-8020.