It’s very important that children learn from a young age how to look after their teeth and gums
From your child’s first appointment, through to their regular ongoing dental care, it’s important to start their oral hygiene journey off on a positive note. Children’s dentistry is ongoing, and one way to achieve the best oral health for your children is to remain with the same dental practitioner.
Bringing your child to the dentist early often leads to a lifetime of good oral care habits and helps your child get familiar with the dental office, thereby reducing anxiety and fear, which will make for plenty of stress-free check-ups in the future.
Children can be anxious about the dentist
Children and their parents can be anxious about visiting the dentist and often it’s the loss of control which can be the most intimidating.
Your children’s oral health is essential, but forcing a stressed, scared child into a dentist chair can be quite a daunting task. As a parent, it’s vital for you to know that dental anxiety is a very common occurrence in children and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Wahroonga Family Dental Centre has extensive experience working with children that have dental anxiety and make sure they are aware of what’s happening at each step of their treatment.
Dental care at home
Another important aspect of making dentist visits easy and enjoyable is to ensure your child has a great oral hygiene routine at home. This means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once as soon as the teeth have erupted. Before that, it’s recommended you use a damp cloth to gently clean your child’s gums.
Teaching children the importance of a great oral hygiene routine at home is a worthy investment in their overall health. Set expectations of what keeping healthy, strong teeth look like; brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis.
Remind them that dentists are friendly doctors for their teeth and that they’re here to help keep their smile tough and beautiful.
Tips for positive dental visits
Wahroonga Family Dental Centre has put together some tips for making your child’s dental visit calm and enjoyable:
- Have conversations about dental visits being part of regular routines that help to keep people healthy
- Take your child to your dental appointments to show them what happens
- Try to make appointments in the morning so your child isn’t tired
- During the dental visit, let the dentist and dental assistant have your child’s full attention
- Arrive early to your appointment so your child can get familiar with their surroundings
- Be positive about dental visits and tell them the new, interesting and fun aspects of visiting the dental clinic
Make dental visits enjoyable for children at Wahroonga Family Dental Centre
Wahroonga Family Dental Centre makes it a priority to encourage children to participate in their dental appointments and children can begin to develop a greater desire to maintain great dental health at home.
If you have any questions about children’s check-ups, or to book your child in for an appointment, contact Wahroonga Family Dental Centre today.