As per The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first visit to the dentist should be at the age of one, to instill the importance of regular check-ups as of a young age and check for any possible issues early in the occurrence. This also helps to ensure that through childhood, dental care is preventive rather than waiting till treatment is required. It provides an overall familiarity with the processes, tools and technologies used in the clinic and a sound introduction to continued good dental practices at home.

Children introduced to the dentist early and regularly will become familiar with the importance of:

  • Oral hygiene – brushing and flossing regularly
  • Following a healthy diet
  • Regular visits to the dentist to early detect and treat any oral health problems

Introducing your Child to Dental Care

Pediatric dentistry addresses the dental needs of children. Children need to be cared for both physically and emotionally, and oral healthcare is essential to their well – being.

Children love to please all adults in their lives-parents, teachers, care-givers and even dentists. It is crucial for your child to feel comfortable about visiting the dentist at an early age. A proper exposure to the clinic set up and learning the importance of regular check-ups to keep their teeth healthy are key factors to introducing your child to dental care.

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist Having undergone postgraduate dental education and training, pediatric dentists are uniquely trained to manage the necessary preventive and invasive dental treatments a child needs in a child-friendly and sensitive environment.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth at Home The formation of healthy and sound oral hygiene habits should begin before your child’s first tooth.

  • Wean off the bottle by the age of one
  • Ensure your child does not sleep with a bottle or spill-proof cup (the fluid will soak the teeth)
  • Use a soft children’s toothbrush morning and evening when teeth do appear (a small amount of toothpaste is enough as young children swallow most of it)
  • Replace your child toothbrush regularly every few months as it becomes worn out
  • Supervise your child while brushing and flossing

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