The first tooth came out and it was time to start worrying about the health of his mouth. How to take it to the dentist without being afraid? How to properly care for your baby’s mouth and gives you a series of tips for that first visit.
The first visit to the dentist
The first visit to the dentist should be pleasant. It is better that it be when you do not have any problem, as a control, and not when you have something serious. Because if not, the boy has a bad memory of the first time and can develop a fear.
It can be like a game. The dentist explains to the boy how the instruments work. You can also do a clinical and radiographic exam, which does not hurt. Or else a cleaning of the surfaces and a fluoride treatment.
The first visits to the dentist are a way to motivate the child to worry about dental health and to familiarize with the office, tools and experience.
When should the first consultation be made?
The first visit to the dentist must be done within the first year of life, when teeth begin to appear.
Around the first six months of life, the first teeth appear (lower central incisors) and, approximately one month later, the upper central incisors appear. During the next 18 to 22 months the other teeth appear until, at 24 to 30 months, the 20 temporary or milk pieces are completed.
Oral hygiene must begin before the primary dentition is completed, since the cavities may already be installed at that time. To prevent any type of disease, the most recommended is to visit the dentist twice a year.
For a correct hygiene of the mouth all the faces of the teeth should be brushed (front, back and the surfaces of cutting and crushing of the food).
When the child is small, parents should help with brushing. The task of brushing the teeth rests with mom and dad until, approximately around 5 or 6 years, the child’s fine motor skills are developed enough to brush their teeth in a simple and correct way.
The brush should be changed approximately every three months (or when it is damaged), since only in good condition can perform its function.
Tips for the first visit
Surely you also afraid of going to the dentist, it is an unpleasant situation for most people. But the important thing is not to transfer our fears to the children. You have to explain to them that the dentist only wants to take care of the health of his mouth and that there is no problem.
You must make sure that the dentist likes the kids. The worst thing that can happen to you is that you get a dentist who does not like children.
Once they leave the consultation they can go together to choose a fun toothbrush and toothpaste to start that same day with the cleaning.