Early Dental Health Essential for Young Children
We all want the very best for our children and that is especially true when it comes to their health. While you can expect the odd scrape and bruise from your child, other health related problems can be managed and looked after by the parents. One of those is dental health, and if you can get your child into the right routine early in life, then this will be made much easier for you.
There aren’t many people out there that like going to the dentist, some people fear for what is done to them, while others are worried about what the dentist will find and say. Whatever your feelings are about a trip to the dentist, don’t allow them to cloud your judgement when it comes to the health of your child. The earlier you start dental visits for your child the better prepared they are, and the more comfortable they will feel.
When you take your young child to the dentist, you are not actually taking them for a proper check-up, or because they have any problems with their teeth. When they are aged two to four year old, this is simply all an act. The idea behind visits when your children are this age is to get them used to visiting the dentist and knowing what to expect. Get them used to the feel and smell of the place, as well as the people who are there, and what actually happens when they attend.
Visits like this will only help your child in the future, and they will feel like they are in a familiar place and one that they are comfortable in. We all know that the dentist isn’t a scary place to be, and they try their very best to cause no pain to us. That is exactly the picture you need to paint to your child, you need to show them that this is a nice, friendly place and the dentist is nothing to be scared of.
By missing this out you risk your child being told stories about the dentist and building up a fear of going. When they have this, it is much harder to get them there of their own free will, and you can experience problems because of this. Instead of waiting for something to happen, take the initiative and do something early to get your child involved. Take them along to the dentist and allow them to get a feel for the place, so they know what to expect. These small visits will build up confidence for them, and allow them to feel at home when sat in the dentist chair. This may seem a pointless exercise, but in years to come it will really help lay down the foundations for many successful trips to the dentist.