Things To Consider Regarding Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist
It is advised that a child’s first visit be much sooner rather than later. After the first tooth of your child comes in, which usually happens within 6 months, so should an appointment to visit the dentist, ideally by the time your toddler turns 1.
Neglecting the care of baby teeth only because they are not permanent, adult teeth is unreasonable. Baby teeth which are also known as primary teeth or milk teeth should be maintained in a healthy state, so as to assist your child in chewing and speaking.
When is the right time for the first visit?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first visit to the dentist should take place by his/her first birthday.
With an increase in cavities for children of preschool age, it is important that you take preemptive measures to prevent this risk that might occur during the early childhood years, especially for children vulnerable to developing cavities.
What might a first visit involve?
Your child’s first visit to the dental clinic may not require a serious treatment. Typically lasting for a short time, it might only involve the basics, checking for decay in your child’s teeth, inspection of the child’s bite, cutting and chewing, as well as of gums, jaws etc. for possible dysfunctions.
In addition, it may also include providing your child with the relevant knowledge about teeth cleaning and oral hygiene.
Tips regarding your child’s first dental visit
- Appointment during the morning hours is preferable because that is when your child may be cooperative and rested, after a good night’s sleep.
- Try to avoid sharing your anxious feelings about the visit.
- Bribing or forcing your child, or using the dental visit as a punitive means is strictly not recommended.
- Discuss any questions you might have with the dentist.
- Schedule a dental appointment every 6 months for your child, for periodic checkups and to improve the comfort level and the relationship of the child with the dentist.
- Choose a reputable dentist who is friendly in nature and has the relevant knowledge and experience when it comes to your child’s dental care.
- Bring your child’s favorite stuffed toy along or something similar to make them feel comfortable.
You child’s first visit to the dentist is an important event. By taking care of the tips we have suggested, you can make it a pleasant and memorable experience for you and your child.