Dental Success For Your Children: Start Young
On the list of things that are difficult for parents dental care is definitely high up there. It’s hard to know when to take them in for the first time, how to treat their teeth when they’re little, and what needs attention. Parents, you don’t need to worry when you have Millburn Dental Arts in your corner!
At our Millburn dentist office we love seeing all members of the family. We believe in lifelong dentistry that creates real value for our patients and encourages good habits from an early age that continue for life. If you’re wondering how best to take care of your children’s teeth then we have answers for you right here!
Start Early, Even Before Their First Appointment
Young children can feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar places, especially in ones filled with strangers and unfamiliar sights and sounds. It’s important that your children become accustomed to seeing dental care as normal early in life, which is why we invite you to bring them to each appointment you come to!
When you visit our Millburn dentist office we’ll be glad to take your children all around the office, show them anything they want to see, and answer any questions they might have (yes, even at the “why” stage). Creating a friendly, welcoming environment is an ideal solution to a child’s discomfort.
We also welcome children to sit in the operatory room while you get a cleaning or any other procedure performed. It can be helpful for them to see you getting dental care since children so often mimic what adults do.
Encourage Good Habits At Home
You should ease your child into brushing before they even have their first tooth. It’s important to keep their gums cleaned as well, so make sure you’re wiping them with a cloth before brushing begins. Once your child is old enough to understand the need for brushing their teeth make it a collaborative effort and brush together, even if you’re still doing it for them.
Once children are able to brush on their own it helps to let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste when shopping at the grocery store. A lot of children’s products are themed toward cartoon characters they love and many toothpastes are flavored to be more appealing to children. Giving a child ownership over their brush and toothpaste can encourage them to keep up on proper oral care.
If you have a child who is simply stubborn about brushing try to find other ways to motivate them. You could have a calendar on the wall to track good oral care habits, and at the end of it provide a reward of some kind: that always works!
We also encourage the use of toothbrush timing apps for smartphones. These simple programs will either play music, flash lights, or simple count down the time you need to spend brushing your teeth to be most effective. Apps like these have been clinically proven to improve brushing behavior, motivate good care, and encourage others to do the same.
When Should A Child First See The Dentist
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to see the dentist by their first birthday or the eruption of their first tooth, whichever happens first. While those early appointments won’t involve much beyond simple examinations of your child’s mouth and oral growth it’s a good chance for you to ask questions, get advice, and learn all about oral care as a parent.
We highly encourage all patients to see us at Millburn Dental Arts early and often – it can be the difference between an adult who only sees the dentist in emergencies and an adult who takes great care of their teeth.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Whether it’s time for your child to start seeing the dentist or you need to come in yourself we’re ready to see you! Schedule an appointment at Millburn Dental Arts by calling us at (973) 957-1604 or by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!