Having fun and making your child comfortable is the key to successful pediatric dental visits. We invite you to bring your child along to your dental appointment for a “show and tell” visit, as soon as their first tooth comes in.
Dental Tips for Parents
Dr. Polly Reese has provided several popular dental tips to help keep your children’s teeth healthy:
- As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts in the mouth, you can use a damp wash cloth to clean it. Then, when the other teeth have fully come in you can use a soft bristled toothbrush. Starting this habit as a normal part of your daily routine, not only goes a long way in keeping the teeth healthy but helps familiarize your child with brushing. Also, we encourage you to have your child accompany you to one of your regular cleanings. This no-pressure visit is an excellent way to begin establishing positive dental experiences.
- Make sure you find a dentist that takes extra time to be gentle and is focused on making pediatric dental care fun.
- Show your children how brushing your teeth is important by explaining what you are doing while you are brushing your own teeth. After they are old enough to hold the toothbrush on their own, around the age of four or five years old, make this part of your day fun. Many of our parents will teach their children to sing a song or practice letters or numbers while brushing.
- Flossing is another important habit to establish as soon as possible. Most molars erupt around the age of two or three, so that is a good time to start flossing between each tooth. Floss for your child until they are old enough to do it on their own which will probably not be until around eight years old.
- Don’t put off taking your child to the dentist. We can’t stress enough the importance of bringing your child in for routine visits right away. The more positive appointments they have while they are young, makes for positive associations as they get older. The last thing we want is for them to be in pain during their first trip into the dentist. Being proactive goes a long way!