At Ideal Dental Health we know your child’s first experience at the dentist will set the tone for a lifetime. Our goal with children is to make every visit a positive and fun memory.
Infants should be seen by a dentist after the child’s first birthday. By this time, the baby’s first teeth, or primary teeth, are beginning to erupt and it is a critical time to spot any problems before they become bigger concerns. Routine check-ups help ensure that your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy through their formative years and into young adulthood.
Teach your child that visiting the dentist is healthy, interesting and pleasant. Remember that your child will notice and be influenced by your attitude to visiting the dentist.
For babies under the age of 3, teething rings and pacifiers can be safely used to facilitate the child’s oral needs for relieving gum pain and for suckling. After the age of 3, pacifiers are generally discouraged because they may interfere with the development of your child’s teeth.
Moreover, thumb-sucking should be strongly discouraged because it can lead to malformed teeth that become crooked and crowded
Help ensure a lifetime of dental health by making the dentist fun and normal. For example, not just going when something hurts or is “bad”.
Make the dentist less scary by starting early and maintaining a prescribed dentist timeline.
You will find out if the cleaning you do at home is working.
The dentist can find and fix problems early.
You will have an opportunity to ask questions about dental health.
Check your baby’s teeth once a month, for white or brown spots and anything unusual. Take your child to the dentist if you have a concern.
Visit the dentist regularly
Brush your child’s teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
Brush at bedtime
Make healthy eating and snacking a priority. Be a good role model.
Ensure your child wears a mouthguard while playing sports. Find out more about sport mouthguards by calling your dental office.
Put your child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup. Use only plain water if you must give your baby a bottle in bed.
Put sugary liquids such as pop, fruit drinks, and sweetened milk in a bottle or sippy cup.
Share germs. Cavities are caused by bacteria (germs). These germs are passed to babies through saliva. Avoid sharing toothbrushes and spoons. DO NOT place baby’s pacifier in your mouth.