This post is contributed by Patricia, who runs a blog about dental care. She’s in a good position to give me advice on dental care for my 2 year old boy, hence I think I share her article here with you guys. Patricia did a lot of oral product review, especially electric toothbrushes. You can check one of my favorite articles here: http://brushinstyle.com/best-electric-toothbrushes/
Teeth eruption in children starts at age 6-8 months with the appearance of the mandibular (lower jaw) central incisors. This marks the beginning of primary dentition in children and ends when the first permanent molars appear at age six. Dentists recommend that children should start going to the dentist within 6 months or 1 year after their first tooth appeared.
Choosing a Dentist
Choosing the dentist for your child is a very important step. If you have a family dentist whom you are already comfortable with then that’s a good choice for the first trip to the dentist. However, you also have an option to have your child seen by a pediatric dentist if you want him to be handled by a specialist who is used to working with children. You may ask your friends or relatives with kids if they can recommend a dentist who works well with children. You can also contact the American Society of Dentists if they have a listing of accredited pediatric dentists in your particular area.
How to Prepare your Child for the First Visit
The trip to the dentist or any new experience in general can cause anxiety in children. It is best to prepare them on what they should expect at the dentist’s clinic. You can also practice tooth brushing with your child beforehand so that he will get used to using one.
What to Expect on the First Visit
A child’s first visit to the dentist is very important even if the trip does not involve much treatment. It will serve as a baseline check-up for your child’s oral health. This will also create an opportunity for your child to interact with the dentist in a friendly way. If you have very young children, most dentists will ask you to sit on the dentist’s chair and hold the child during the dental examination. If your child is cooperative, he may ask you to wait at the reception area to establish rapport.
The dentist will initially check and record your children’s existing teeth and check for cavities or decay. He will also check the child’s bite and examine the gums and other oral tissues. The dentist will also teach you and your child oral hygiene and the proper technique for brushing teeth. A good relationship with the dentist should be established on the first visit so that your child will be willing to come back for the next visit.