|First Trip to the Dentist
Your little one is growing fast and so are their teeth!
Here are some helpful guidelines for monitoring and dealing with your child's oral health.
First "baby tooth" makes an appearance and may happen as early as 3 months or up to 1 year.
3 - 4 years old
Most children will have a full set of 20 primary teeth. They help guide the development of permanent teeth and are important for chewing and speaking.
5 - 7 years old
The "tooth fairy" starts visiting regularly as "baby teeth" start falling out making room for their permanent (adult) teeth.
We strive to ensure a fun and positive experience at the dental office, and look forward to a meeting your baby between the ages of 1-3 at their first appointment. This typically involves a ride in the chair, counting teeth and possibly polishing newly erupted teeth. Each child's comfort level is different, so with the proper preparations they'll grow up looking forward to their dental appointments.
5 Tips for Moms and Dads
- Play pretend – Make a game of their oral health. Play pretend dental office in the same way you play house.
- Prepping for the first visit. Allow your child to bring a comfort item, a stuffy, a blanket or special toy, don't get into lengthy explanations, a simple ride in the chair and counting of teeth should suffice.
- Avoid anxiety triggering words like needle, shot, or pain. We try to focus on the positive by using kid friendly terms like "sleepy juice" or bug bite when describing anesthetic.
- Keep your own fears in check. Kids are intuitive and pick up on your anxiety. Be calm and positive, this will ensure a great experience for everyone.
- Linking visits with something fun like a play date at the park or a special activity will have your child associate dental visits with happy memories.
These little hints will have huge dividends. Your child will have little or no anxiety to visit the dental office and will enjoy them always using positive associations and praising the good job they are doing brushing will aid in maintaining good oral health. We look forward to your visits-hope to see you soon and remember to brush those beautiful teeth.
Call to book your child's "happy visit" today with Berni or Fanny.