Preparing for Your Child's First Visit
Pediatric dentistry is an important part of your child’s development. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that your child’s first visit take place before their first birthday. Your child’s first visit can be a tricky endeavor, but together we can make it an enjoyable experience. Hunter Dental Care can provide you and your child the information and care you need, to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Tips for a Positive Experience
The key to a positive first experience is preparation. Make sure your child is well rested and fed around the time of the appointment. We usually recommend scheduling an appointment in the morning, because children tend to be rested and cooperative.
For children that are a little older, make sure to stay positive! Share positive stories about visiting the dentist. Use positive language and try to keep any anxiety you may have hidden. Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat. Also, try to avoid the use of threatening words like “drill,” “hurt,” or “pain.” Some parents find that turning the visit into an adventure can set a positive foundation.
We always suggest that you stay with your child during their first examination. As they grow and their comfort level increases, you can let your child join us on their own.
The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Primary or “baby” teeth usually surface between six and twelve months old. During age six or seven, the permanent teeth will begin to erupt. It is important to keep both sets of teeth clean and free of decay. If primary teeth are neglected, they can have a significant impact on permanent teeth. Without proper care and regular visits, your child could develop tooth decay and gum disease.
At Hunter Dental Care we offer some treatments to help keep your child’s smile healthy and bright. We offer counseling to help reduce bad habits like thumb-sucking and pacifier use. Our preventative treatments like fluoride and dental sealants can help keep their teeth cavity free. We can also catch oral conditions, diseases, and misaligned teeth before they become a more severe problem.
Good Oral Hygiene Practices for Children
Establishing good oral hygiene practices at an early age is imperative to the future of your child’s dental health. During your first visit, Dr. Hunter will educate you on proper gum and tooth care for infants. As your child gets older, he will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Use this information at home, and pass it along to your child when they are old enough to brush and floss on their own.
Always make sure they are brushing and flossing regularly. Some parents find it easier to turn the event into a game. It’s no secret that sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay, so try and enforce strong nutritional and dietary guidelines as well.
Call Today About Pediatric Dentistry
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or would like to learn more about pediatric dentistry, call (503) 622-9730.