For parents wondering when to introduce a child to a dentist, the answer is easy. Your Staten Island dentist at Oakwood Dental Arts will tell you that caring for a youngster’s teeth begins early.
Here are three simple pointers to keep in mind:
1. A dental visit by age 1, or within six months of the appearance of the first baby tooth, is crucial, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.
A poll by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry found that nearly 70 percent of parents tend to wait too long, until a child is 3 years old, before making a dental appointment.
2. A first-time dental visit can be relatively brief and is mainly for the parent’s benefit.
This visit lets the dentist educate the parent on oral hygiene for the child and give your child a friendly experience in a dental office to lift the child’s attitude about future dental visits.
It’s a time mainly to talk to parents about growth, development, thumb sucking, pacifier risks, oral hygiene and nutrition, the importance of baby teeth, and brushing techniques. Your Oakwood dentist will also ask to check the child’s teeth and gums, looking for potential problems like baby-bottle tooth decay.
3. Parental presence is sufficient support for a child.
In pre-treatment meetings at Oakwood Dental Arts, parents not only provide moral support but also reinforce the idea of the dentist as an authority figure. It’s a good idea for the same parent to accompany the child during each visit to ensure comfort. Scheduling your youngster’s appointment is easy. Call any of our Oakwood Dental Arts offices and an executive will be happy to assist you.