Regular visits to the dentist are important to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy, and to show your child the importance of taking care of their teeth.
Along with regular brushing and nutrition, it's also important that your child visit a dentist at least once a year. These checkups are often short, with the dentist taking a look at the development of your child's teeth. The dentist will talk to you and your child about dental care.
Schedule your baby’s first dental appointment at age one, or as soon as the first tooth comes in.
Tips for making dental visits go smoothly:
Schedule appointments when your child is well-rested and fully awake to help avoid meltdowns.
Bring along any medical records.
Ask about fluoride supplements if the water supply in your town isn’t fluoridated, or if your family uses purified water.
Bring your child’s favorite books to read in the waiting room so you have something fun to do together while you wait.
Keep dental visits a positive experience by talking to your child about the visit beforehand and doing a fun activity together afterward. Also remember to keep a smile on your face so your child doesn’t sense any reason to worry.
QUICK TIP: Just like with reading and any other positive behaviors, if your child sees you going to the dentist and taking care of your teeth, your child will too. Be a good role model for your child by taking care of yourself!