A lifetime of healthy teeth and oral hygiene begins at a young age and maintaining your child’s teeth at all stages of their life are important, even during the ‘baby teeth’ stage.
Kids are impressionable and learn from their parents, how a parent responds to dental health and procedures will influence how children will treat their dental health for life.
At what age should my child start seeing the dentist?
Most experts agree that a child should have had their first dental visit by their first birthday. This allows your child’s oral development and growth to be monitored. Remember, prevention is the best medicine for sustained optimum oral health.
Why are baby teeth important?
Some parents believe that looking after a child’s baby teeth are less important as they will eventually fall out, however if baby teeth are not cared for they may fall out prematurely which can affect the eruption pattern of adult teeth and cause future dental problems. Healthy baby teeth are needed for eating and speech development so they are important to look after.
How can I help my child develop good oral hygiene habits?
Regular brushing and flossing is important as your child’s teeth develop and grow, a good diet is also important as certain foods can cause tooth decay. However it’s not just sweets and sugar that lead to tooth decay, many other foods that many parents consider savoury or healthy can create acid and an energy source for bacteria which can lead to tooth decay. These foods include fruit juice, peanut butter, dried fruit, muesli bars, snack bars and popcorn.
There isn’t a need to ban these foods but it’s important to be aware that excessive consumption can lead to tooth decay.
What if my child is distressed/anxious about going to the dentist?
For children who suffer from anxiety or distress at the dentist we are now able to offer sleep dentistry procedures for children. We have recently constructed our state-of-the-art surgicentre so that your child has the option of sleeping through their dental procedures.
Other tips to help with dental anxiety
We also advise parents to introduce their child to a professional dentist at a young age, so they become familiar with the idea of going to the dentist. Children can be given a soft toy to hold for comfort or children’s movies can played to distract them during the procedure.
It is also beneficial to avoid any words that may sound scary to children such as ‘needle’, ‘drill’, ‘pull’ to manage anxiety levels.
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