Parenting advice is available from every corner of society, but one tip that applies across the board is that a positive first experience is indispensable. The last thing a parent wants is their child to have a life-long disdain for a particular food or another occurrence because something terrible happened when they first tried it.
The same goes for the first time your child visits the dentist. Good oral health is far too vital to be handled haphazardly. Instead, by following a few guidelines, you can help your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy teeth from square one. Let us at the Dental Center of Florence help with your child's first dentist's visit in Florence, KY.
When Is the Right Time?
If you ask the American Dental Association, your child should visit the dentist right after the appearance of their first tooth. It's a good idea to get them accustomed to someone examining their teeth by doing it yourself and gently brushing their new tooth.
We also recommend seeking a dental clinic like the Dental Center of Florence, where both adults and children can be treated in one location. Beyond the apparent convenience, another reason for you and your child to see the dentist together is so that you can model good behavior, cheerfully preparing for your appointment, cooperatively seeing the dentist, and getting your teeth cleaned without a fuss. Your child is much more likely to adopt a positive attitude towards the dentist if you have one.
Consider a Fun Pre-Visit
Another suggestion towards creating an atmosphere of positivity around your child's dental visit is to start with a fun visit focusing on the lighter aspects of the dentist's office. Let them explore the waiting room and talk to a hygienist. Your dentist can even set them in a treatment chair and show them some equipment. This presents the basics of treatment in a non-threatening way.
Avoid Waiting until Teeth Problems Arise
One of the most common causes of dental hesitation is an initial unscheduled experience because a child hasn't received dental care until tooth decay results in some form of pain. Many parents think this is impossible when their child's teeth are new, but some childhood habits can accelerate the process.
We recommend you also avoid the following:
- Don't fill your child's bottle with sugary liquids or juice
- Children should go to sleep with only clear water in their bottle
- Encourage your child to use a cup by or before their first birthday
- Clean your child's mouth with a soft toothbrush and a rice-grain sized amount of pediatric toothpaste
Pediatric Dentist in Florence, KY
Every parent wants their child to have a bright and beautiful smile. The best way to ensure that is to make their first and subsequent dentist's visit as positive as possible. To learn more, give the Dental Center for Florence team and call and schedule your child's first dental appointment today.