Do you have a baby book? What are the new milestones that your child has recently hit today? Does it include his or her first dental visit? If not, you need to be proactive about your child’s dental health and visit a pediatric dentist to keep his or her smile healthy for life.
Begin at an early age
Most parents will be surprised by this. But ask any pediatric dentist and they will advise you, that by the age of one you should bring your child to see a dentist. The reason: a baby’s teeth will last up to early puberty, so one needs to create good dental habits.
There are a lot of benefits of an early pediatric dentist visit. First, you and your child will be given the opportunity on how to brush properly. Second, it’s an opportunity that your pediatric dentist will spot and fix a premature dental problem.
Do a pre-visit examination at home
Examine your infant at home before you visit the dentist. This will make the child more comfortable on a dental chair because he or she has already experienced it at home.Give him or her idea what to expect by talking about it in words that he or she understands.You can schedule a certain time in which you will look closely inside his or her mouth.
Sometimes, it can be a hard thing to achieve. Try using a small but soft toothbrush to simulate what happens on a dental visit. You can also wipe his or her gums with a clean cloth after eating.
Bring your child with you on your next dental appointment
Let your kid tag along with you on your next dental appointment. This is quite a good idea as it will make him or her be familiar with the surroundings of a dental clinic.
But wait a minute; you should consider one thing first. Will your child going be splitting time with your dentist? If he or she is, does the dental office have a child-friendly atmosphere? Or are you planning to take him or her to you prefer a pediatric dentist who specializes in treating children?
Remember to keep a positive attitude when you’re talking with the pediatric dentist. But you don’t need to put overly corny. Treat the visit as something like a routine and be positive with the results.
By the way, if you’re a person who gets more than usually nervous with a medical appointment it would be best not to bring your child to your personal dental schedule.
Bring your child when he or she is in a good mood
When is the right time for your child’s pediatric dentist appointment? You schedule a visit when he or she is in a good mood. This is usually when they’re not hungry or tired. As a parent, you already know the certain time of the day when they are cranky. If possible, you need to go early. This allows your child to get used to his or her surroundings and play with the toys in the waiting room.
Greater Washington Dentistry: Dr.Shohreh Sharif
8626 Lee Hwy #205 Fairfax, VA 22031