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Frequently Asked Questions
Being a parent comes with several responsibilities, including promoting the perfect dental health status of your child. For a first-time parent, this can be a frightening experience, especially if you did not have good experiences with your teeth while growing up. Luckily for you, at Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to helping you provide proper oral care for your kid. Check out the following FAQs for a guideline on how to handle important dental health issues regarding your child.
Why Is My Kid’s Dental Health Important?
Providing proper oral health care for your kid can help him/her to avoid dental conditions such as tooth decay, cavities, lost teeth, teeth and jaw alignment problems, and others. This can help him/her to lead a happy and fulfilling life. It can also save you much money in dental procedures.
When Should Brushing and Flossing Begin?
Oral health care should start at birth, beginning with the cleaning of gums using water and a soft cloth. Once the baby teeth emerge, you can start brushing, using a soft brush and age-appropriate toothpaste. Flossing should then follow, once the teeth start growing close. As your child grows, it is also important to teach him/her how to perform these oral hygiene practices, and share helpful tips for brushing so they can do the best job possible. Don't forget, it's always important to empower your children to brush their teeth from a young age.
When Is the Best Time for the First Dental Visit?
The first dental visit should occur when the baby teeth start to emerge, which usually happens between six and 12 months. From then on, you should schedule regular visits, about every six months or so. You should also seek prompt attention when your child experiences dental health problems.
What Should We Expect During the First Visit?
The first visit can be overwhelming, not just for your child, but also for you. However, it is usually short and smooth and is rarely likely to involve dental procedures. It is usually like a meet and greet session, with an initial exam and x-rays. However, it is quite important, as it sets the relationship between your child and the dentist – which can affect future visits.
My Child Is Afraid of Dental Visits – What Should I Do?
Dental visit for kids are usually pleasant, and they rarely involve procedures that can cause pain or discomfort. However, the fear of the unknown (or even known – if they have seen you in pain after a dental visit) can make them afraid and anxious for their appointments.
Fortunately, this is quite common, and thus there is no reason to start worrying if your child is anxious about his/her dental appointment. However, this means you will have to work a little bit harder to make the experience pleasurable for them – for example, by choosing a friendly and comforting dentist, positive reinforcement after visits, role-playing at home, giving them cool kids' book about dentistry, etc.
How to Survive the Teething Stage?
The teething stage – when the baby teeth start to emerge – is one of the most uncomfortable periods for your baby. Symptoms of teething include swollen gums, pain, irritability, crying, sleeplessness, and others are common during teething, and they can cause you much anxiety, especially if you are a first-time parent. However, it is possible to survive the experience using items such as teething biscuit and teething ring, which can help to ease your kid’s discomfort.
Do you have more questions about your child’s dental health? We can help you! Call us, Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, at 470-876-8883 today to learn about the several ways in which you can help to maintain or improve your child’s oral health.