The earlier children begin their Buford pediatric dentistry, the more comfortable they’ll be with exams throughout their life. Today we’re outlining our top tips to make your child’s experience a good one.
Dental appointments: Schedule their first appointment when they turn 1. Children can zero in on a parent’s fears, so if you’re afraid, the less you say the better. If you fuss or tell children how brave they are, they may think something scary will happen. Instead, share a book about going to the dentist.
Dental visits: Tell the dental assistant or dentist how your child is feeling. Describe the medications he or she takes and include drug allergies. If you don’t understand the dentist’s explanations, ask questions.
Ease the teething blues: Baby’s first tooth means it’s time to schedule his or her Braselton pediatric dentistry visit and deal with teething. Tender gums can interrupt sleep and make children irritable, drool and constantly chew on things. Cold-like symptoms may also develop.
Flossing for teeth and gums: By age 2, daily flossing is preferred. It removes food and plaque from between the teeth. Bacteria grows on the plaque and forms an acid that leads to tooth decay and if it can get past the gums, damage the bone and destroy the root.
Fluoride: During your Buford pediatric dentistry visit, you will be asked about your family’s water supply to determine if your children are getting enough fluoride, which helps develop healthy teeth and prevents early tooth decay, one of the most common childhood diseases.
Getting children to brush: “Two” is the magic number when it comes to healthy teeth. Dentists recommend brushing a minimum of twice a day – after breakfast and just before bedtime – for at least two minutes. Since that can be a very long time for children, Buford pediatric dentistry suggests these fun ways to keep them going.
- Pick a song that’s about two minutes long and sing it during toothbrush time. Or, play two minutes of a tune from the radio or a child’s favorite CD. Use the first 60 seconds for the top teeth and the other 60 seconds for the bottom teeth.
- Place a timer in the bathroom, one that indicates minutes and seconds, or even an old-fashioned egg timer that uses sand.
- Get a brush that lights up.
Sippy cups and bottles: We recommend that children are weaned from the sippy cup and bottle by age 1. If your child uses either after that age, be sure that it doesn’t contain juice, soda or other sweet liquids.
Thumbsucking: Most children outgrow thumbsucking by age 5. If it continues when permanent teeth start coming in, dental or speech problems may occur. Breaking this habit requires patience, love, and encouragement from parents and caregivers.
Loose teeth: To pull or not to pull loose baby teeth? That’s a question all parents and caregivers face. Baby teeth should be left alone to fall out naturally. If these teeth are bothersome, encouraging children to do the pulling themselves would be the first option, as they can better control how much discomfort they can tolerate.
So there you have it – our top tips for making your child’s Buford pediatric dentistry visit successful and stress-free for both of you. Ready to get started? Call our office today to schedule an appointment and let’s begin their oral health journey.