Kids and the dentist...what parents need to know.

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Kids and the dentist...what parents need to know.

Jan 27, 2023

Taking children to the dentist can be a daunting task for many parents, but it's an essential part of ensuring their dental health. Here are some pointers that parents need to know...

  • Start early: It's recommended that children have their first dental visit by the age of one, or when their first tooth appears. This will allow the dentist to check for any potential problems and provide guidance on good oral hygiene habits.
  • Prepare your child: Talk to your child about what to expect at the dentist, and answer any questions they may have. Reading books or watching videos about going to the dentist can also help ease their anxiety.
  • Encourage good oral hygiene habits: Brushing regularly are essential for good oral health, and parents should encourage their children to practice good oral hygiene habits from a young age.
  • Watch what your child eats: Sugary foods and drinks can cause cavities, so it's essential to limit these and encourage healthier snack options.
  • Consider dental sealants: Dental sealants can provide an added layer of protection against cavities and are often recommended for children.
  • Use positive reinforcement: Praising your child for good behaviour during dental appointments can help make the experience more positive and encourage them to continue to take care of their teeth.
  • Stay up-to-date on dental check-ups: Regular dental check-ups can help catch any potential issues early and ensure that your child's dental health is on track.
  • Dental anxiety is common: Many children experience dental anxiety, which can make dental visits more challenging. Parents should be aware of this and work to help their child feel comfortable and relaxed during appointments.
  • Positive experiences are important: Children who have positive experiences with the dentist are more likely to continue to take care of their teeth and have good oral health habits as they grow older. Parents should work with their child's dentist to create a positive and welcoming experience for their child.
  • Regular check-ups are essential: Regular dental check-ups can help catch any potential issues early and ensure that your child's dental health is on the right track. It's important to schedule regular check-ups and follow up on any recommended treatments.

Overall, parents should understand that dental care is an important part of their child's overall health and well-being. By working with your child's dentist and establishing good oral hygiene habits early on, parents can help ensure that their child has a healthy and happy smile for years to come.

For a reasonable monthly payment, you and your family can have the peace of mind of our Dental Health Plan, which allows us to monitor your child’s dental development and provide their basic dental care.

All children under 5 get treated for FREE - (Mum's & Dad's must be a patient of the practice.)

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Some extra help….

Try brushing apps, like the Oral-B Disney Magic Timer App - Download here

Kids can brush along with their favourite characters, unlock reward stickers, and more.

Find a tooth brush featuring a character the child loves, for Children 3+, electric toothbrushes are safe and the most effective brushing options, ask our front desk team about the range of products available for the little ones.

Or you can watch some you tube videos whilst brushing before bed to help the process become a natural and fun task you can do together.