Though it is easy to think that because baby teeth simply fall out over time, they don’t need as much care, children’s delicate teeth require special care.
Here at Maven Dental, we like to meet our young patients from the early age of 1 year old. This allows them to grow up with the experience and develop a healthy habit of going to the dentist at least once a year.
The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry advises that children be brought to their dentist at the first eruption of their first tooth, and not later than 12 months.
Teaching Children Great Dental Habits
Children need to learn proper dental health habits, such as how to brush properly, how to floss without damaging their gums, and also what to stay away from. Here are ways to teach them:
Explain In Ways That They Can Understand
The easiest way to teach your child good dental hygiene is by showing them how to brush their teeth properly.
Secondly, directly talk to them about the whys and hows of dental hygiene. Discuss with them that the daily habit of brushing their teeth will help them stay away from cavities and tooth decay.
Build A Routine
Make a routine that is fun and memorable. After every meal, join your kid in brushing their teeth, as if it is a bonding moment. Moreover, you can bring them to the store to choose their own toothbrush. Let them choose from various cute designs intended for children.
Make a sticker chart to monitor their improvement and if they are complying with the routine schedule until the next changing of brushes. Once they reach the end, that’s the time you’ll be revisiting us for their checkup.
Visit The Dentist At Least Once A Year
A yearly visit to the dentist will help your child learn more about brushing and how to use floss.
The more they age, the more they should look out for their dental health and at the same time, feel at ease with the dentist.
Doing so will help them conquer the fear of sitting in a dental chair and make themselves familiar with the routine.
What Not To Eat (Too Much)
We often hear the word “too much is dangerous,” and that applies to your dental care as well. Intake of too much food will most likely increase the production of tooth decay and worst, gum disease.
You may not want your child to suffer from those problems as it may mean sleepless nights and irritating uneasiness for them.
Regulate your children’s consumption of carbonated drinks, sodas, and junk foods.
Introducing Your Child To Their Dentist
While you are teaching your children great dental habits, it is best to follow the Australiasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry advise to take your children to the dentist within 12 months of being born, or right after the eruption of their first tooth.
What To Expect On The First Visit
We at Maven Dental, give importance to child dentistry. During your child’s first visit, we will focus on them getting the feel of the chair, the tools, their dentists. We even give them prizes after the visit. The focus of the first visit is to make sure they feel at ease at the dentist.
What Is Next After That
After we get your child accustomed to the feel of the clinic, we conduct the initial checking of his or her teeth. When it comes to decay and cavities, it is best if it can be detected early on so necessary prevention measures can be put in place.
Tips To Be Prepared
Kids tend to get scared of the dentist, especially if their parents give a fuss about it, or their parents are also visibly scared.
A tip for parents is to not show your fear to your children, as they can pick up on it. If you don’t make a big deal out of it, chances are your kids will feel like it is just a normal procedure that everybody goes through.
We Care About Your Child’s Teeth
Proper hygiene does not stop at merely taking a bath; it extends to giving the utmost importance to the little things such as doing the ABC’s of brushing your child’s teeth.
We at Maven Dental Yokine give importance to your child’s dental care by providing useful tips, healthy habits, familiarity with the routine and early prevention of common tooth problems such as plaque, tooth decay, and cavities.
Schedule your child’s first appointment today!