All About Baby Teeth for Dental Visit (For Parents)

Why Should I Take My Kids to a Dentist? 

Your child’s first set of teeth, the baby teeth, are extremely important. Strong, healthy baby teeth will help your child chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and look good. Furthermore, your child’s health in general may be affected if diseased and broken baby teeth are not treated early. Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, hold the spaces for permanent teeth to erupt into good positions. It is vital that the first dental visit is a pleasant one and not filled with anxiety. To achieve this pleasant experience you should visit the dentist with your child regularly even when there is no particular problem with your child’s baby teeth. 

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At What Age Should My Child First See a Dentist?

Ideally, it is best to take your child to the dentist when he or she is between six to 12 months of age. This allows the dentist to prevent and anticipate problems rather than treat them. In addition, the dentist will assess your child’s caries risk, evaluate adverse habits and customise a programme specific for the child. 

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How Should I Prepare My Child for their First Dental Visit? 

If your child is one years old, your child will learn that a dental visit is not a scary experience. At an early age, the dentist can acclimatize your child to procedures such as examinations using a mouth mirror, and teeth cleaning. If you have access to dental story books it would be helpful to read to them, or even show them appropriate videos on visiting the dentist. 

How Often Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist? 

There is no hard and fast rule on how many times you should bring your child to the dentist, but every six months will be good. Each child’s dental needs may be different from others, so it is best to consult your dentist to suggest appropriate timings to schedule visits. Keep in mind that taking your child to the dentists regularly can prevent serious diseases. Thus, it can save time, money and your child’s teeth as well. 

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What you should do:

  • Be a role model to your child in terms of dental behaviour, diet and oral hygiene 
  • Accompany your child to at least his/her first dental visit rather than asking them to go with relatives or caregivers
  • Ensure that you inform the dental staff about your child’s needs and concerns during the visit 

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What you should not do: 

  • Bribe your child into going to the dentist or use a dental visit as a punishment 
  • Communicate your fears to your child 
  • Let anyone tell your child scary stories about dental visits 

As you know, the timing for baby teeth check up for dental care is crucial. There is the research saying the more kids see the dentists the more even they see dentist at adult. This is why it is very important to give proper oral health care for your baby teeth. Please feel free to contact us or visit our VIVID DENTAL SURGEONS.

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