5 Don’ts Of Dental Visits For Children

5 Don’ts Of Dental Visits For Children

At what age did you first take your child to visit the dentist? In this article we are going to take a look at first dental visits and what not to tell children when we bring them to the dentist.

In the recent Colgate Cavity report, the survey showed that less than 10% of Aussie parents believe their child should first visit the dentist before they turn one. Many (if not most!) parents think that until a child has a set of full teeth, visiting a dentist is unnecessary.

Remember that there is more to dental visits than having teeth checked. The dentist also checks the gums, lips, and inside of the mouth. Bringing your child to the dentist as early as the first tooth erupts or when the baby reaches 12 months (whichever comes first) is preventive dentistry—especially keeping in mind the statistics which show that by the age of 6 nearly half of Aussie children will develop tooth decay.

So what can you expect during your child’s first dental visit?

Your dentist will take the time to make the experience calm and enjoyable for your child because it’s important that children have a good first experience with the dentist. Your dentist will also discuss your baby’s bite, the soft tissues such as gums and cheeks, and habits like thumb sucking. Take it as an opportunity to brush up on your own oral health knowledge as well as to discuss teething and brushing issues that have arisen for you and your little one.

The Australian Dental Association shares some tips to prepare your baby for her/his first dental visit, highlighting the 5 Don’ts of Dental Visits:

  1. Don’t tell your child to be brave;
  2. Don’t give bribes
  3. Don’t tell your child that it won’t hurt or it will hurt;
  4. Don’t use the dentist as a deterrent or punishment;
  5. Don’t be anxious yourself!