1. Start Young
American Dental Association (ADA) states a child’s first dental visit should be no more than 6 months after the first tooth erupts, or by the child’s first birthday. Our “Happy Visit” which is a child’s first dental visit is designed to teach a child good oral hygiene, show them our fun instruments, and meet Dr. Jang to count how many teeth your little one has and examine them.
2. Lead By Example
Brushing and flossing your teeth with your child can not only be a great experience with them, but also start good habits. If your child’s teeth have not erupted you should wipe gums and tongue with a warm wash rag. When babies are born, they typically have around 20 teeth partly formed inside the gums. We highly recommend parents or guardians to bring their children with them to their dental visits to get them comfortable with the office.
3. Emphasize The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Primary teeth (baby teeth) can begin to form decay as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts (around 6months old) which can cause pain. You and your children should brush 3 times a day and floss at least once a day to prevent this from happening.
4. Be Mindful Of Your Words
Talk about going to the dentist with your children even if the appointment is not scheduled yet. Libraries/ Bookstores have a great selection of books about visiting the dentist you can read to them. Once you visit the dentist with your child be mindful of your words, you should AVOID using the words shot, drill.
5. Parents Preparation For The Dental Appointment
When scheduling an appointment you should ask for the morning due to kids being well rested and tend to be in a good mood to cooperate. When talking to your child while at the dentist you should use a neutral tone of voice and be positive. Kids do great when they are given constant affirmation for example; “you are doing great.”