Great oral hygiene habits are the key to a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. The best time to instil these habits is in childhood. Part of creating these healthy habits is taking your child to the dentist from an early age.
When Should Your Child’s First Dentist Visit Be?
Ideally, your child’s first dental visit should occur with the emergence of the first tooth. Usually within six months of the first tooth appearing, and no later than your child’s first birthday. Your child is unlikely to have any dental issues at this age. However, getting them familiar with the dentist from a young age can help ensure no future anxiety.
What Does A Visit To The Dentist Look Like For A Child?
A pediatric or child-friendly dentist understands how to make your child comfortable. They adopt a tell, show, do approach. First, they tell the child what they are going to do, show them how they will do it and then do the procedure.
This approach fosters trust between your child and the dentist, involving children in the process can also make the dentist feel fun. Helping to avoid resistance over future visits.
At your child’s first dental visit, the dentist will perform a basic check-up, reviewing the health of the teeth and gums. The dentist will also share with you ways in which to promote optimal oral health for your child. Including brushing techniques, tooth eruption schedules, risk factors such as dummies or finger sucking and more.
Good Habits Start Young
At Alexandra Hills Dental, we love helping your children form great dental habits. No matter what age your child is when they first visit us, we are committed to making it a fun experience.
For a gentle, fun introduction to the dentist for your child, contact Alexandra Hills Dental today on 07 3824 4488