When should your child see the dentist for the first time?
It’s a common misconception that children should only visit their dentist when they have a full set of teeth. But good oral health isn’t just about teeth! That’s why the best time to make an appointment with your dentist is when your baby’s first tooth comes through or when they turn 12 months old - whichever happens first.
Prevention is always better than cure and regular, early dental visits will help keep a track of your child’s dental health.
What to expect from your child’s first dental visit.
Sitting in the dentist’s chair for the very first time is a big deal for little people! So if your child is scared or even teary, rest assured this is completely normal. The best thing you can do is trust the dental team. They’ve seen it all before and will do their best to make sure your child is comfortable and as relaxed as possible during their visit.
The first consultation will include a gentle examination of your child’s mouth, teeth, lips and gums to check for normal development. Your dentist can also answer questions on:
- Brushing techniques
- Bite (how your child’s teeth will come together)
- Habits like thumb sucking
- How to prevent tooth decay
- Nutritional tips
As your child grows, their consultations will include having their teeth professionally cleaned and polished to remove plaque and tartar. They’ll also be given a safe application of fluoride to strengthen their teeth against decay.
5 top toothbrushing tips for children (18 months to six years)
- When it comes to toothpaste and children, less is more. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste on a child-friendly soft toothbrush.
- Stand behind your child or, if they’re still small, sit them in your lap, facing away. Tilt your child’s head back against your chest so you can see their teeth.
- Angle the toothbrush bristles towards the gum and move it around in gentle circles, cleaning the front of the teeth and gums.
- Next, brush gently on the inside of the gums and teeth.
- Finally, brush the teeth’s surfaces - or the chewing areas. Rinse and spit.