Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit an Epic Win!

  • By lemaster
  • 01 Jul, 2017

There are many “firsts” in the life of a newborn baby as it grows into a small child. One of which is a child’s first dental visit. Compared to when a child speaks his or her first word, introducing a youngster to a professional dental environment can be one of the more stressful milestones. If you have a tiny tot at home, we’d like to provide some friendly advice on how you can make their first dental checkup a success.

When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Dental Visit?

A good rule of thumb is to schedule the first dental visit on a child’s first birthday or once their first tooth arrives; whichever comes first. Even though some pediatricians will do a basic mouth check during their doctor checkups, they do not perform a thorough examination. So it is important to see a dental professional with the expertise to properly evaluate the status of your oral care. If you have an older child who has yet to visit a dentist, not to worry! It’s never too late, but the earlier the better.

Oral Hygiene:

When that first tooth comes in, start brushing with a small, soft-bristled brush without toothpaste, just water. This sets a standard for your child at a very young age and encourages healthy habits early in life. The important thing is to be consistent. If you have bath time every night, then incorporate brushing into that routine. Older siblings are great role models, so have all your kids brush together. Flossing should also be introduced once the child has two teeth touching each other.

Making That First Visit Comfortable:

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Parents should utilize children’s books or songs about their teeth and dental care to familiarize their children with their own mouths. Read to your child, or talk to him or her about the dental visit and what it will be like. Just like adults, children are more relaxed when they’re prepared. Tell them what the dentist will do. Older siblings can help by talking about their own experiences with the dentist. Some parents even take their younger child to an older child’s dental appointment, just to get the younger child used to the sights and sounds of the dental environment as well as the dental staff that will be examining them.

Exhibit a Positive Attitude and Relax:

Children are sensitive to their parents’ attitudes, so if you’re tense about the initial visit, your child will pick up on your anxiety and might even mirror your behavior. Just be relaxed and happy. Show them that the dentist is not a monster, but a friendly professional that wants to help them.

Certain parents even pick out special clothes, like a “going to the dentist” outfit or special socks. They can also bring their favorite book along, anything to make it a positive experience!

Don’t Pass on Your Fears!

Dental care has made incredible advancements since you’ve been a child and continues to do so every year. So even if you had nothing but negative experiences at the dentist when you were young, just know that your child is reaping the benefits of evolved treatments. Until your child is old enough to understand the difference, remain positive about dental visits and refrain from telling your own personal horror stories so that they are comfortable and WANT to see the dentist.

Norwich Family & Cosmetic Dentistry prides itself on maintaining the reputation of providing some of the highest quality and friendliest oral care around. We make the well-being and comfort of all of our patients, no matter how young or old, our number priority. We are well-versed in all the current pediatric dental techniques and services, and we truly love what we do every day. So no need to be scared and schedule your child’s first dental visit with us today!

To select a date and time that is convenient for you, call us at (860) 887-2231.

By lemaster 01 Jul, 2017

Oh no, you have a chipped tooth! Maybe you fell. Maybe you were hit in the face or mouth. Maybe you bit down on something hard. At first, you thought everything was okay, but running your tongue along your teeth, you feel a jagged edge that wasn’t there before.

Tooth enamel is a very strong material. It has to be for all the chewing that we do. Nevertheless, teeth can break and chip, and sometimes you may not even realize it because there’s no pain. However, if you have a major break, it’s likely that the nerve inside the tooth has been exposed and even damaged, and that’s when the pain starts. If hot or cold drinks or even air touch those nerve endings, it can be quite painful. Fractures occur from accidents, cavities, or old fillings that crack.

You might not be in pain, and you might think your tooth looks and feels just fine, but call your dentist anyway. On the other hand, if your tooth hurts non-stop, it’s a serious sign that the nerve might be damaged, so you definitely need to call.

By lemaster 01 Jul, 2017
We here at Norwich Family & Cosmetic Dentistry believe that knowledge is power. Knowing more about good oral health practices can lead to not only a brighter smile but also a healthier overall life. Which is why we constantly remind our patients that one of the best preventative measures against poor dental hygiene is scheduling regular teeth cleanings every 6 months. But did you know that not all cleanings are created equal? Some individuals actually need a more in-depth cleaning than others, and this is where dental scaling comes into the conversation.
By lemaster 01 Jul, 2017

There are many “firsts” in the life of a newborn baby as it grows into a small child. One of which is a child’s first dental visit. Compared to when a child speaks his or her first word, introducing a youngster to a professional dental environment can be one of the more stressful milestones. If you have a tiny tot at home, we’d like to provide some friendly advice on how you can make their first dental checkup a success.

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