Dental care is important regardless of your age. In a perfect world dental professionals would see dental care start from a young age and continue until well after a person turns 100.
Seeing a Dentist for regular check-ups and treatment from an early age is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth for life.
Babies can experience dental issues including feeding and physical abnormalities. Introducing simple conditioning techniques so that when your first visits the dentist it can be considered a normal thing. Running a damp wash cloth gently around a babies cheeks and gums whilst using words such as “OPEN” and BIG MOUTH with a lot of praise when bathing can help as well as getting them familiar. All these things go towards encouraging dental visits as a positive experience.
Adults should assist with children brushing their teeth until the age of 8, the child’s dexterity is not largely developed prior to this. Trying to convince a child to allow an adult to assist with brushing can be quite a challenge. You can try introducing a system of: ‘Child can start but Mummy/Daddy/Adult finishes’ in the daily oral hygiene routine. Some children may respond more with introducing a reward chart for every time they brush. Allowing the child to brush along to their favourite song can also be a positive experience.
Anything you can do to make dental care easier for your child will encourage a lifetime commitment and allow early intervention with dental issues so contact us today or book online making that first visit has never been easier!