Dentistry for Children

A good way to prepare your child is to start bringing them to your dentist for a positive experience as early as the first tooth erupts.

When should I bring my child for their first dentist visit?

Many people are afraid of visiting the dentist because of two main reasons: they had a bad experience since young or were not exposed to it since young.

Therefore, an excellent way to help your child develop good dental habits is to get them positively exposed to a dentist as early as their first tooth erupts.

Starting from a young age, their curiosity will allow them to learn more about oral health care, and this will subconsciously incorporate regular brushing and flossing of teeth into their daily routine.

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Baby teeth are important too!

Many parents are not aware of their child’s baby teeth’ importance since they will drop off eventually.

However, the baby teeth serve essential functions such as aiding in speech development at a young age, developing jawbones and facial muscles, maintaining space for the permanent teeth, and guiding them into the correct position.

Baby teeth usually start dropping from the age of 6. This means that the permanent teeth are growing out and are pushing the milk teeth out.

Decay in baby teeth – if not addressed right away – may lead to early tooth loss, resulting in a loss of space due to drifting of adjacent teeth, and possibly future crooked permanent teeth.

Handling your child at Ocean Dental

You may be worried that kids are hard to handle on the dental treatment chair, but not to worry, there are ways to manage their behaviour when in the hands of children friendly professionals. 

  1. Tell-Show-Do: Children are afraid of things that they do not know. Thus, our dentist will always explain to them verbally, followed by showing them on a tooth model of what will be taking place before actually carrying it out.

     

  2. Enhancing control: By giving the child a sense of control, they will be more acceptable towards trying something new. This can be done by teaching them a stop signal, such as raising their arm to signal the dentist to stop. This will be rehearsed, and the dentist will act accordingly to gain the trust of the child.

     

  3. Positive reinforcement: Whatever the child finds enjoyable or satisfying can act as positive reinforcement – for example, a sticker, a badge, or even just a verbal praise to reward them for good performance.

     

  4. Distraction: If the child is too afraid, distractions to shift their attention away from the treatment procedure with cartoon shows, music, or even just chatting with them is useful.

Positive dental experience starts from childhood!

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Starting good dental habits since young

FAQ

It is recommended to bring your child for a first visit when his/her first baby tooth erupts.

The first visit is usually meant for acclimatization – for the child to get comfortable with the dental treatment room, sit on the dental chair, and build a good relationship with the dentist.

It certainly should not be a stressful experience but more of an enjoyable experience.

Baby teeth are very important!

They provide the necessary space for permanent teeth to line up underneath the gums and erupt properly.

Decay in baby teeth – if not addressed right away – may lead to early tooth loss, resulting in a loss of space due to drifting of adjacent teeth, and possibly future crooked permanent teeth.

The general age for first teeth to erupt is around six months old. Baby teeth will continue to grow up to approximately two years old before the primary teeth are fully grown.

Starting from 6 years old, the first adult teeth will begin to erupt, and subsequently, all the baby teeth will begin to be replaced one by one. This whole process will continue up to approximately 14 years old (excluding wisdom teeth).

Depending on your child’s age and the location of the teeth, the baby tooth may eventually drop out on its own. However, in some cases, due to the poor alignment of the adult teeth growing out, the baby teeth may not drop and thus require some professional help from our dentist.

To put yourself at ease, contact us for a check-up appointment with our dentist.

Parental support is important too. For young kids, we encourage one of the parents to be sitting on the treatment chair, hugging your child throughout the treatment.

This will not only make your child feel more secure and comfortable but also prevent them from having sudden movement, which may unintentionally hurt themselves.

Still have a question about children dentistry?

Don’t hesitate to contact us!