Why Your Toddler Needs to See a Kids' Dentist
As a kids dentist, we know that it is important to get your child into our office as soon as possible.The AAPD highly recommends that you have your child's first dental appointment by their first birthday. There's a lot that is involved in your child's dental development so an initial visit by their first birthday is key.
Why Your Toddler Needs to See a Kids Dentist
#1 They can experience tooth decay just like adults can.
#2 Baby bottle tooth decay is common and children that take milk or juice to bed are at a greater risk of this.
#3 A positive experience now will help them to want to receive dental care.
#4 We can check to see if their teeth are growing in properly.
Plan Ahead for Their Dental Appointment
When you are planning your first dental appointment with your child, there are a few things you can do to make sure that the visit is smooth and seamless. We want to ensure that your toddler will want to come back to the dentist, which in turn will make sure that your child will have healthy and strong teeth for the duration of their time with us.
The very first thing you need to do before a dental cleaning is to prepare your child. It is important for you as a parent to remember that a dental cleaning can be one of the easiest visits for a child. By making it fun and talking about good dental health, you can help them enjoy the visit and have eager anticipation for it. Some of the things you can talk about are how they will get to pick a new toothbrush and flavor of toothpaste at the kids' dentist, and you can even talk about some of the things we will be doing. Some parents find it easiest to talk about the dentist visit in terms of stories, which makes it even more fun for children.
The most important thing for you is to project a sense of confidence in bringing them to a kids' dentist because your children pick up on your attitude. If they believe that you are incredibly confident, this will help them to be confident as well.
It doesn't matter if it is their first visit or if your child has been here several times, what doesn't change is the fact that we will need to deal with the personality of your individual children. As a kids dentist, we are specifically cognizant of the different natures of children and can help them work through fears, defiance, or even attachment issues. In your conversations with your child prior to bringing them in to see the kids' dentist, if they demonstrate any specific fears, questions, active defiance, etc., these are things you should definitely mention so that we are aware of them before the visit begins.