You should start taking your child to the Dentist as soon as they have begun to develop their milk teeth. An assumption that parents sometimes make is that there is little value in prioritising oral health in their offspring during the formative stages, because milk teeth fall out. But failing to provide adequate care for your child’s teeth can impact the way their permanent teeth set in and can cause dental issues that last a lifetime.
So how can you get your children interested in their teeth? You may be wondering, “How do I find a dentist near me, who knows how to handle my offspring’s pearly whites with the appropriate care and kindness needed for younger patients?” Read on to find out more about child dentistry with the Healthy Smile Centre.
When should I take my child to his/her first dental appointment?
Babies start teething around six months, which is the ideal time for a first check-up.
Before the appointment, it is an excellent idea to provide us with information about your child’s history. Are they teething? Do you use a pacifier to calm them down? Does your baby suck their thumb? This knowledge will help our dentist identify potential issues and patterns that could be problematic in the future.
For the most part, the session is introductory, straightforward and includes a quick examination of your infant’s mouth.
After the check-up, we will ask you questions regarding your baby’s dental health and hygiene and provide ways in which it may be improved.
How do I prepare my child for a dental visit?
Adults might not like visiting the dentist, but know it is something that must be done. Children, especially younger than seven, are not equipped with an adult’s rational thinking, where we do things despite being anxious, scared or hesitant.
Surprising your child with a dental visit is the worst thing you can do, especially if they have dental anxiety.
If your child is a baby, schedule their dental visit early in the morning when they are still fresh and not due for their mid-morning nap.
You might experience defiance and tantrums in older children, so the best way to prepare them for their upcoming check-up is to let them know about it in advance and to explain why it is crucial for healthy and strong teeth. Understanding why it is essential to take proper care will lead to some agreement and maybe even excitement, in bearing some responsibility for their dental health. Children between two and three are prone to separation anxiety, so it is essential to explain that you will be in the room with them in case they feel scared.
I can curb dental anxiety by finding a dentist near me trained in paediatrics
Dentophobia is a fear of the dentist experienced globally. Whether it is a fear of pain, choking, needles or the unknown - many people of all ages dread their time in the dentist chair, and these tendencies start young.
A childhood dentist has the power to shape a healthy, life-long relationship that leaves them feeling at ease and anxious-free about their dental visits.
Due diligence is critical when finding a dentist for your loved ones. A highly skilled oral health provider is not the only quality you should be looking out for, but one who is friendly, compassionate and has experience with younger clients.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.