Developing active maintenance routines and familiarising your child with regular visits to the dentist is extremely important for their oral health in the future
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
Despite some variation between dental authorities it is generally recommended that your child visits the dentist for the first time before their 2nd birthday or within 6 months of the eruption of their first teeth. However, according to the Queensland Child Oral Health Survey 2010-2012, only about one fifth of children have made a visit at 2 years or younger.
It is important to have a dental check around this time so that we are able to identify any early stages of decay in the baby (milk) teeth. This will prevent further more complex treatments later on. We will also be able to guide and direct parents towards any changes in diet at home, preventive measures and helpful tips in active maintenance for your child.
Maintaining the health of children’s teeth is extremely important despite their temporary nature. By keeping baby teeth healthy it will give adult teeth a healthier start by saving space for them to come through meaning less chance of crooked teeth, as well as facilitate normal speech development.
How should I prepare my child for the dentist?
Preparing your child for any new experience is likely to lower the potential for stress or fear. We recommend familiarising your child with dental maintenance as soon as they develop teeth so that it becomes a normal practice. Allow them to watch you taking care of your own teeth as this will again normalise the process.
Before taking them to the dentist for the first time we recommend talking to your child about the experience, ensuring you are calm and happy, not portraying any fear or anxiety even if you have some yourself. Reading books about the dentist are also a helpful tool as well as playing educational games and activities to make oral health fun.
What to expect from children’s dentistry at Bulimba Dental
As a family and children’s dental practice we are passionate about kids dental care. We understand children and are trained to handle any stress that may develop. Your child’s first visit will usually be short and simple. We focus on getting to know your child to start developing a lifelong dental relationship. We will give you some specific pointers and information about your child’s dental care, we will also answer any questions you may have and provide any helpful materials you may desire. We will check your child’s teeth for any potential problems as well as the gums and jaw and may clean them if necessary.
How often should children visit the dentist?
We recommend you bring your child in to see us every 6 months. This will ensure we can catch any signs of decay or damage as soon as possible. We will also be able to keep on top of any diet or maintenance issues that arise.
If you would like to find out more about children’s dentistry at Bulimba Dental or to book an appointment for your child, contact us today!