When Should Your Child Start Seeing the Dentist?
Your child’s first set of teeth are just as important as the permanent teeth that will replace them. Many parents think it’s not worth the time or trouble to keep baby teeth clean and well-cared for, but those temporary teeth are place markers, and any dental problems can affect the permanent teeth as well.
It’s also a good idea to get your child used to seeing a dentist and to show them there’s nothing to be afraid of and visiting the dentist can be fun. This will instil healthy dental hygiene practices that will carry them through to adulthood and ensure they look after their teeth even when you’re not around. The sooner you start good habits the better, and the more likely they’ll stick for life.
First Birthday, First Dentist Appointment
By the time your child has their first birthday, they should have enough teeth to make their first visit to the family dentist. Some people like to leave it a little later, but the first visit should happen by the age of two. This initial visit will get your child to start getting used to regular dentist visits, but it could also pick up any dental problems before they get worse. It’s possible your child has already accompanied you on your dental appointments, in which case they may already know your dentist and feel comfortable at the dental clinic.
Make it Fun
Hopefully, you’re not anxious about seeing your dentist, but if you are, try not to let your child know it. Children will often pick up on a parent’s anxiety and become anxious themselves without knowing why. Make their trip to the dentist a fun and exciting experience and something to look forward to. Early exposure to dental care, and what dentists do, can go a long way to making your child feel relaxed and comfortable in the dental clinic.
Preparation is Key
Your child should already be familiar with the process of having their teeth cleaned by you, so visiting the dentist is just an extension of that. Read books together about dentists, play games about going to the dentist, and make sure your child knows exactly what will happen when you arrive so there are no nasty surprises that might frighten them. The aim is to avoid any fear that could be blown out of proportion.
Dental Services West Auckland Kids Will Love
As soon as your child has enough baby teeth, it’s important to introduce them to the family dentist. West Auckland parents can rest assured their children are in safe hands with our caring and professional kid-friendly dentists at Titirangi Dental.
Call 09 817 6057 or contact us online for professional advice about any concerns and questions you have about child’s dental care.