Watching little ones grow and surpass milestones each day is one of the greatest joys parents can experience. Besides watching them learn and explore the world, parents have another big responsibility - taking care of their health.
Good oral health, in particular, plays a huge role in molding children to become their best and healthiest selves. And, the first step in this journey begins when your child’s first tooth appears.
Dr. Kendall S. Wood, DDS, and Dr. Mathew C. Schapper, DMD, at Complete Dental Health LLC in Albany, Oregon, specializes in offering pediatric dental treatments for infants, toddlers, and teenagers.
In this blog, our dentists explain how you can make your child’s first dental visit a success.
Children may refuse to cooperate during medical visits because they feel uncomfortable. The best way to handle this situation is to prepare them for the visit in advance. Talk to them about the experience beforehand and build a positive image about it in their mind.
Get them to practice opening and closing their mouth to help make the dentist’s job easier during the visit. Show your child interactive books and watch videos with them about dental visits to help them understand what they are likely to experience.
Parents should also prepare for the visit themselves by making a list of questions they may need answers to. Our dentists can offer the best advice on overcoming your child’s issues if they suck on their pacifier or thumb too much or if they have teething issues.
During the dental visit, our dentists will examine your child to ensure their teeth and jaw are developing without complications. Your child will either be seated in the dentist’s chair or on your lap during the procedure.
After the exam is complete, our dentists will clean your child’s teeth, if necessary, and offer you a few guidelines on how to care for their oral health.
According to the American Dental Association, here are a few things you need to consider when booking an appointment:
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wood, DDS, or Dr. Schapper, DMD, at Complete Dental Health LLC to learn more about taking care of your child’s oral health. Call (541) 928-6622, request an appointment online, or visit our office at 1123 Hill Street SE, Suite A, Albany, OR 97322.
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