Finding the right kid friendly dentist can be a struggle, but asking the right questions can help parents find one that can put their child at ease. The answers to these questions may also help parents trust that their child is in the right hands for oral health.
Things to ask a kid-friendly dentist
There are many questions that run through a parent’s mind during the first months after a baby is born, but more questions arise when the baby begins teething. Asking the questions below may help parents feel better about a child's dental health.
1. When the first dentist visit should take place
The American Dental Association states that a baby’s first tooth usually appears around six months of age, although it may take up to 14 months for some children. The first appointment with a kid friendly dentist should be scheduled no later than six months after the first tooth pushes through the gums. This is a good time to ask the dentist more questions about how to maintain good oral health as the child grows, such as how to introduce brushing into a daily routine.
2. How to prevent cavities
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Health and Medicine Division states the appropriate amount of toothpaste for children under three years of age is the size of a grain of rice. Children between the ages of three and six should use a pea-sized amount. A kid friendly dentist can explain how to choose the right kind of fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities. A parent may also learn how to choose toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval that contains U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved levels of fluoride.
3. What happens during a visit to a kid friendly dentist
Many parents experience uncertainty and worry about what happens at a dental visit. The dentist can explain what the visit entails, sometimes even over the phone, to provide a parent with an idea of what to expect.
A kid friendly dentist visit typically includes a cleaning, a thorough inspection for cavities and tooth decay and explanations of how to brush properly. The dentist may ask about any habits such as thumb sucking or use of a pacifier and discuss the options for any needed treatments before scheduling the next appointment.
4. What can be done to keep a child calm during visits
Oftentimes, visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience, both for children and parents. Many dentists have a method to help ease the stress and make it a fun visit, such as explaining procedures in simple terms and giving nicknames to tools. A kid friendly dentist understands the fear and uncertainty a child and a parent feel at these visits and tries to put all parties at ease.
Choosing a dentist who understands how to properly treat and take care of a child’s oral health is vital for parents. Asking questions means you, as a parent, can rest easy knowing your child is in good hands. It also helps increase awareness and understanding of how to help children have healthy teeth.
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