Children and Dental Visits
My most recent post stated a "child's first visit to the dentist should be between ages 1-2". I have to make a change to this statement. With more research I have found that the American Accademy of Pediactrics has recently changed their guidelines for the first dental visit. Now that recommendation is to have your infant to the dentist for his/her first dental visit about age 1.
Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the visit the better. To safeguard against problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking, the dentist can provide or recommend special preventive care.
So if you have a small child, please consider getting your child into visit with his/her dentist by the age of 1. Make sure this is a "fun' visit. Don't push your child to perform for the dentist. Relax, let the child experience the office as a 'safe' place to visit. Ride the dental chair, play with the suction – Mr. Thiristy and let the dentist or dental hygienist count his/her teeth, but don't push.
Children and the Dental Experience
Often times a childs first dental visit is a tramatic visit. The child has a fall and fractures a tooth or some other type of accident that causes trauma in the mouth. Thus, this visit is traumatic. Children will remember that visit as unpleasant and that is what the child relates to future dental visits. So when a childs' first visit can be a pleasant memory, the child will relate future visits as a pleasant as well.
So, let your childs first dental visit be a pleasant one.