The first visit of a dentist to a child should be pleasant and positive. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better they will feel. Children are not born with the fear of the dentist, but they may fear the unknown. Our office practices the use of simple, pleasant, and non-scary words to describe your child’s first visit and dental treatment. We want you to feel comfortable as soon as your family arrives at our office. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should consult the dentist before their first birthday. It is essential that your child’s new teeth (those that have broken out between 6 and 12 months) receive proper dental care and enjoy appropriate oral hygiene habits. To prepare for your child’s visit, we have created an activity kit to familiarize you with your teeth and help them to wait for your visit to the dentist.
Take care of your baby’s teeth (and future teeth!
Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! Are you ready for your baby’s first tooth? Follow these guidelines, and your baby will be on the road to a healthy life!
Take care of the gums.
Even before the first tooth of your baby appears (or, in dental jargon, it “explodes”), the baby’s gums can benefit from individual attention. After breastfeeding or using a bottle, put your finger in a clean damp cloth or a piece of gauze and gently rub it on the gum tissue of your baby. This practice cleans food fragments from your child’s mouth and begins the process of developing a good habit of daily oral care.
First baby tooth.
When that first tooth comes in, it’s time to switch to a baby toothbrush. There are usually two options: a long-handled toothbrush that you and your baby can hold at the same time and a puppet-shaped brush on the tip of the index finger. In each case, the hairs are soft and few. At this point, the AAPD recommends a “spot” of fluoride. If your child does not respond well to the introduction of a toothbrush, do not give up; use a damp cloth again for a few months, then try the toothbrush again. During the teething process, your child will want to chew almost everything; A baby toothbrush with a teething ring can become a favorite toy during this time.
Brushing with toothpaste.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recently changed its guidelines for the introduction of fluoride in toothpaste. From the first tooth to the age of two, a parent should brush their teeth with a soft toothbrush with a “stain” of fluoride toothpaste. For two to five years, parents should brush their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a quantity of pea-sized fluoride toothpaste. From the beginning, ask the toddler to spit toothpaste after brushing to prepare for the fluoride toothpaste.
When new teeth arrive.
Your child’s first tooth bursts between 6 and 12 months, and the rest of his 20 primary teeth or “baby teeth” usually burst at three years old. During this time, the gums may look painful and painful, which will make your child irritable. To help relieve this discomfort, we recommend that you reduce the gums by rubbing them with a clean finger or a clean, damp cloth. You can also choose to use a teething ring. The primary teeth of your child move at different times of his childhood. His permanent teeth begin to appear at the age of 6 and continue until the age of 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32, including wisdom teeth. Read More 7 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR THE ORAL HEALTH OF THE BABY.