Taking Children to the Dentist

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Many parents are unsure when they should first take their children to the dentist, and whether it’s worth waiting for teeth to appear before scheduling an appointment. Or they may be concerned with how to prepare their child for an appointment and make it as relaxing and stress free as possible. To help answer your questions, we’ve taken a deep dive into common kid’s dental problems, and our best tips on taking children to the dentist.

Taking children to the dentist

Kids and the dentist: Your Child’s first dentist visit

Though it may seem more beneficial to wait until your child has grown all their teeth to see a dentist, it’s worth scheduling an appointment as soon as your child’s first tooth comes through. This is especially important during the teething phase, as your dentist may be able to offer some solutions to help make the process a little easier. At your child’s first dental visit, your dentist will take a good look at the gum, lips, and mouth, to check for growth and development.

A children’s dental expert may also be able to help you with the following problems:

Baby bottle tooth decay

Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when sweetened liquids are regularly in contact with a child’s teeth. If left unchecked, it can result in pain and infection, which may then lead to the teeth being removed. If a child loses some of their teeth too early, it can cause poor eating habits, crooked teeth, and speech problems. Luckily, baby bottle tooth decay can be reversed if caught early enough, which is why it’s important to see your dentist regularly.

Thumb sucking and dummy habits

A lot of children develop a thumb sucking habit or overuse a dummy to comfort themselves, but these habits can cause a lot of dental problems which can end up being costly in the long run. One of the most common dental issues caused by thumb sucking and dummy use is the development of an overbite or buck teeth. This will then have to be corrected by an orthodontist when a child reaches their teens, which can end up costing thousands of dollars to fix. A dentist may be able to offer a fixed appliance for the child to wear, that will make it uncomfortable for thumb sucking or dummy use to occur.

How to prepare your child for the dentist

When it comes to taking children to the dentist, it’s understandable that your child may feel a little bit nervous about seeing the dentist for the first time. Many adults find seeing the dentist a nerve-wracking experience too. One of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for the dentist is to avoid any negative wording such as ‘pain’, ‘drill’ or ‘needles.’ That, and never using the dentist as a punishment i.e. ‘behave or I’ll take you to the dentist.’ If you downplay the experience, your child is far less likely to feel nervous. Remember, fear of the dentist usually occurs through hearing about other people’s experiences, so if you don’t make much of a deal out of it, your child is less likely to as well.

How often should you take your child to the dentist?

It’s recommended that your child sees a dentist every six months to help keep an eye on any potential development problems. These dental visits will be largely focussed on prevention, and ensuring your child is looking after their teeth correctly. A dentist may also suggest putting sealants on your child’s molars to protect the enamel and prevent tooth decay.

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We hope our article on taking children to the dentist has answered your questions. If you have any more questions about kids and the dentist or would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact us by calling 07 3821 0277 or by booking online.

Many parents are unsure when they should first take their children to the dentist, and whether it’s worth waiting for teeth to appear before scheduling an appointment. Or they may be concerned with how to prepare their child for an appointment and make it as relaxing and stress free as possible. To help answer your questions, we’ve taken a deep dive into common kid’s dental problems, and our best tips on taking children to the dentist.