Dentistry for Kids
There is a very dangerous but common belief that children do not need regular dental care such as cleanings and exams because they do not yet have their permanent teeth. This misconception is not only harmful to a child’s teeth; it can also be very detrimental to their overall wellbeing, too. We here at Tigard Family Dental very firmly believe that to learn good oral healthcare habits that can last you a lifetime, they need to be learned as a child. We are more than happy to help educate your little one to help them get their happiest, healthiest smile throughout their life.
Why Your Child Needs Regular Dental Care
Your child’s primary teeth, which will arrive typically by their first birthday, are not just a temporary placeholder while you wait for their permanent teeth to arrive. They play a huge role in determining your little one’s future mouth. Problems with their primary teeth can quickly become problems with their permanent teeth. Failure to address any issues with them can change not only their bite alignment, but it can also lead to speech impediments, poor nutrition, and low self-esteem.
By introducing us to your child at an early age, we can help them not only establish a good relationship with us, but we can also teach them how to take good care of their teeth. As adults, many people are afraid of going to the dentist. If you show your child at an early age that regular dental appointments are nothing to worry about, you can help set them up for success with their oral health later on in life.
Preparing Your Child for Their Appointment
You want your child to have a positive outlook about going to the dentist. You can start preparing them for their first appointment with us by sitting down with them and explaining to them what will happen while they are in our exam chair. You can use books that talk about going to the dentist, or you can show them upbeat videos that can help prepare them. Encourage them to ask you questions so you can explain it to them better.
You should never use a dental appointment as a threat or a form of punishment. This will only set them up for fear and make them resist coming to see us. On the day of your child’s appointment, make sure you do not schedule it around naptimes or too far after mealtimes. You do not want them to be hungry or fussy during their appointment with us. We advise that you feed your child shortly before their appointment, but make sure that their teeth are brushed before you bring them in.
We will take care to speak to your child in a way that is pleasant and understandable. We know that your little one may be a little bit nervous about being with us, so we will explain every single thing that we do to before we begin. We want both you and your child to be at ease with us.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
A healthy mouth begins in childhood. Establishing good oral hygiene while your child is young is a cornerstone to their best oral health as an adult. To learn more about dentistry for kids, or to set up an appointment with us here at Tigard Family Dental for yourself and your child, please give our practice a call at (971) 762-1262 today!