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The Importance of Early Childhood Dental Visits

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Early Childhood Dental VisitsWhile most babies do not get their first teeth until they are six months old, visiting the dentist is important to maintain a good oral hygiene. Various studies have shown that the younger the age that you bring your child to the dentist, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and grow without developing dental phobias.

Early visits to the dentist teach children that oral health is important. A child who becomes familiar with how teeth works at an early stage is more likely to have a positive attitude when it comes to brushing and flossing.

The experienced dental team at Unidental in Stockport is aware that proper dental care is important from the very beginning. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the dentist from an early age as this will help build trust and put the child at ease during future visits. Children can benefit from a number of different treatments such as fluoride applications and tooth sealants to prevent decay.

Preparing your child for the dentist

There are many easy and fun ways to familiarise young kids with the concept of the dentist. Play ‘dentist’ at home is one of them. Incorporating a visit to the dentist in your children’s make-believe game routine is a great idea. This way, you can take turns pretending to be the dentist and the patient and you will have the opportunity to check their teeth closer and determine the right time for their first dental visit.

At the same time, you should try to casually introduce the visit as a new experience when talking to your child and avoid words that may provoke unnecessary fear such as ‘needle’ or ‘drill’. Children can get anxious easier than adults, therefore it is important to explain everything they need to know in advance in a positive and pleasant manner.

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Generally, dentists suggest bringing children for check-ups as soon as their first tooth has come in, usually around their first birthday. At this age, they need to be accompanied by their parents for an extra sense of comfort and safety, while the dentist checks for signs of proper tooth development.