The visit to the dentist causes fear in most of them and is treated as “necessary evil”.
In order to avoid sharing the same phobias from our childhood with our kids, it is important to “make acquaintance” with the oral hygiene and the dentist from an early age.
Since its infancy, even before the appearance of the first teeth, we are supposed to clean the baby’s gums after eating with a special toothbrush. It is important is to announce this tusk with enthusiasm “Now you’re going to brush our teeth!!!” in order our child will finally embrace this good habit.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should pay their first visit to the doctor at the age of one year’s old.
The dentist should be specialized in dental treatment of children and adolescents, so that you can be sure that your child will feel comfortable and familiar with the clinic.
In the first visit your child will be checked for traces of teeth caries. Although children’s first teeth will soon be replaced by the permanent ones, they must stay healthy until that time, in order to reserve a healthy space for the eruption of permanent teeth that grow underneath.
At the age of 5-6 year’s old, the child’s dentition begins to get replaced, and that is when the dentist will determine the need for referral to an orthodontist to prevent future problems.
Therefore do not neglect your child’s appointment with the dentist.