3 Things You Should Do Before You and Your Child Visit a Pediatric Dentist

Don’t be alarmed! You don’t need to worry about your child’s first visit to the dentist. Sometimes all these hesitations from a parent can pass on to their child.

That is why we have compiled this list of things to assure you that a pediatric dentist is here to help your child have a pretty teeth and smile.

1.Limit your child’s sugar intake

Too much sugar feeds the bacteria on your child’s teeth. This causes cavities. How does this happen? Acids are created when harmful bacteria feed on the sugars you eat. This then forms a hole on the outer enamel layer of your teeth.

As a parent, what can you do to prevent this damage? It is highly recommended that you let your child cut on his or her sugar intake. You should also incorporate fibrous vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. As a substitute, you can give sugarless chewing gum as an alternative and have him or her brush their teeth regularly.

If you have this routine of giving drinks in bed, do make sure that you don’t put your child to bed with a bottle save you plan to brush his or her teeth before they dozed off.

2. Teach your child to brush and floss

Yes! It is very important that your child’s oral care should start early. Even if his or her teeth are only temporary at this time, brushing still plays an important role on how the permanent teeth will develop. For your information, decay of the outer surface of the tooth can happen even to tiny teeth. This could possibly lead to a bad effect not just on your child’s health but also to his or her confidence.

When it comes to flossing children’s teeth, you can start once they have two teeth that touch one another. All you need to do is have a short length of floss between your thumb and index finger. Then form a “C” shape bow with the string’s floss. Gently slide it around each tooth.

Tell your kids that doing this activity regularly will help keep off bad breath, removes plaque and keep the gum healthy before his or her first trip to the pediatric dentist.

3. Schedule that first pediatric dentist visit

When should you child visit a pediatric dentist? You and your child should make an appointment when the first tooth appears. Some may say that this is too early. No, it is not. As soon as the first teeth appear, he or she can potentially have cavities.

How do you prepare you visit? Prepare in advance. It would be helpful to write down a list of questions that you might want to ask your pediatric dentist.

How can you ease your child’s fears for the first visit? Give your child an introduction to what will happen inside a pediatric dentist’s clinic. You can read books to him or her about pediatric dentistry or let him or her watch shows that picture out what the visit will be like.

So, you have finished reading our listing? Are you and your child ready to meet your family pediatric dentist?

Greater Washington Dentistry: Dr.Shohreh Sharif
8626 Lee Hwy #205 Fairfax, VA 22031
703-992-9222
www.washingtondentist.com

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