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Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
Wondering if your child needs to visit a paediatric dentist? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions, answered.
Many parents have the misconception that children do not need to visit the dentist since their baby teeth will fall out anyway, but that is not true! Here are some commonly asked questions about children’s dental care, answered.
Ideally, it is best to take your child to the dentist when he or she is between six to 12 months of age. This allows the dentist to prevent and anticipate problems rather than treat them. In addition, the dentist will assess your child's caries risk, evaluate adverse habits and customise a programme specific for each child. The Infant Oral Health Clinic at NDCS provides these services within its preventive programme for mothers and their infants.
If you bring your child at age one, your child will gradually learn that a dental visit is not a fear-provoking experience. At an early age, the dentist can acclimatise your child to procedures such as examinations using a mouth mirror, and teeth cleaning. Older children can accompany you when you see your dentist, so that you can be a model for appropriate behaviour. You can also read to your child. There are many children's books on visiting the dentist.
There is no set rule. Your dentist is best able to suggest a schedule of visits for your child based on your child's dental needs.It is generally recommended that children visit the dentist every six months.
Taking your child to the dentist regularly can prevent serious disease. Regular dental visits can save time, money and your child's teeth.
At our Paediatric Clinics, our dental team does not just care for your children's teeth but also cares that their relationship with dentistry begins on the right foot.
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
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