So when should you take your children to the dentist first? How do you help them care for their teeth? What should they be doing and what should you be doing?
According to the Dental Association they recommend your child takes their first trip to the dentist by their first birthday.
If you take your child at this young age the dentist will explain how they should be taking care of their teeth and how they should be brushing and flossing. By 2 and half all of their primary teeth should be there and they can then start applying fluoride. This will ward off any diseases or dental cavities.
Not only this but you can start building a relationship between the dentist and your child so that they are happy to come to the dentist from a young age and work together to make sure they have and continue to have great painless teeth for their future.
By engaging them in this process it will minimize any fear they have then, or at a later stage. Don’t forget it can be made fun and interesting for them to take part in their dental care.
The Secrets to Happy Children’s Teeth
You need to get into the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day like you and flossing afterwards. This will help maintain a healthy mouth. When children are 2 or 3 they can begin using toothpaste and cleaning their way to healthy teeth. Make it a habit and fun to do, support them and show them what to do without making it a chore. Sometimes by cleaning your teeth with them makes them want to be like Mummy or Daddy and gives them the incentives they need to clean their teeth too.
As your child grows, plan routine check-ups with your dentist so they can make sure everything is in order and keep any problems at bay. If they are good dentists they will want to work with your family to make sure everything is in order and your child keeps their healthy happy smile.