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5 Tips for Making Your Child’s First Dental Appointment a Success

May 30, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Jennifer Virmani
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As a parent, you’ll go through plenty of milestones with your child—and that includes a first visit to the dentist. Here are some tips for making that first appointment with a Pikesville children’s dentist a success

#1—Take Your Child in Around His or Her First Birthday

Those first teeth usually start erupting right before your child’s first birthday, and that is an ideal time to get him or her started with seeing the dentist. Even though your child will eventually lose those baby teeth, they are a crucial part of development. Because baby teeth are porous, they are particularly vulnerable to decay. Early intervention is vital to keep them healthy.

If you haven’t already started brushing your child’s teeth, we can show you how to do it when you come in. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush and plain water to start.

If your child is well beyond the age of one and hasn’t had that first visit to the dentist yet, it’s never too late.

#2—Talk to Your Child about Teeth

There are books and lessons around introducing babies to their body parts, including eyes, nose, finger, and so on. Add “teeth” and “tongue” to the list. Look for age-appropriate books that go over taking care of teeth.

#3—Take Care of Your Teeth Together

Kids learn by example, and toothbrushing is no exception. Parents and older siblings can brush their teeth along with toddlers to introduce little ones to the importance of good oral care. Be sure to help young children with their toothbrushing as they lack the dexterity to do it properly until they are at least seven or eight years old.

#4—Have a Good Attitude Yourself

Children are more perceptive than you think, so if you are anxious about going to the dentist, they are bound to see this. Because they tend to mirror our behavior, if you are relaxed and happy about going to the dentist, they are more likely to follow suit.

#5—Choose a Trustworthy Dentist

Finding a children’s dentist in Pikesville you feel comfortable with is crucial for those first dental visits. We invite you to call Naylors Court Dental Partners so you and your children can receive the gentle, high-quality dental care you deserve. Call today! 

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