The 5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Child’s Dental Checkup Go Well
One of the best ways you can encourage your child to have excellent oral health for the rest of their lives is to set a great example for them. Get them to the dentist on a regular basis while they’re still with you so that when they get older, it’s something they’ll do automatically. Here are five steps to help you ensure their dental checkout goes as well as possible.
- Know when to bring them to the dentist for the first time
- It’s never too soon to start brushing your child’s teeth
- It’s all about practice
- Pay attention to your own attitude
- Choose the right dental office
The general rule of thumb is that when your child gets their first tooth or when they have their first birthday. Your pediatrician may do a basic mouth check and they may not. Either way, they’re not trained to identify issues with tooth growth and development the way California Dental Group is. Baby teeth are much more porous than adult teeth and as a result, they’re much more likely to decay. Early intervention is the key to avoiding issues.
The best time to start brushing your child’s teeth is before they visit a dentist for the first time. Kids are very curious about their bodies, so the next time you play a game where you point to your own eyes, belly button, etc., add “tongue” and “teeth”. You can also take advantage of a wide variety of songs, crafts, kid’s books, and even apps that will get kids excited about brushing their teeth, visiting the dentist, and maintaining a healthy smile.
Getting your kids involved in tooth brushing may be easy or it may be challenging. Remember that it may take some time to get them interested. Consider brushing your teeth together as a family activity, while always keeping in mind that toothbrushes are not toys, they’re tools – and children need to be monitored when they have their brush.
Children are perceptive and they can be sensitive to the energy of their parents. If you’re relaxed and happy when you brush your teeth then they’re likely to be relaxed and happy too. They’re also more relaxed the more prepared they are, so be sure to talk about the dentist in a positive way.
The tips above are essential parts of getting your child ready to visit the dentist but remember that it will all be for nothing if you don’t choose the right dentist. Look for a dental office that’s in a great location, has flexible appointment times, and is staffed with dental professionals who are caring and compassionate.
At California Dental Group, we’re proud to serve all those needs and more. With numerous California locations, appointments that work around your schedule, and a friendly, compassionate staff, we look forward to being your family dentist for years to come. Call us at (800) 407-0161 to set up your appointment.