Dental Outlook # 5
© Tomás Seif R. Odontólogo Universidad Central de
Venezuela Master of Science The University of Michigan,
USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Office numbers: (58-2) 992.02.42, 992.54.31,
Dental Outlook # 5 ©
Tomás Seif R.
Odontólogo Universidad Central de Venezuela
Master of Science The University of Michigan, USA
e-mail: email@example.com, Office numbers: (58-2) 992.02.42, 992.54.31, 992.78.09
Welcome to this section of the Dental Column.
Hopefully all our readers will enjoy it and have the opportunity to learn about the exciting advances and technologies that modern dentistry has to offer.
Your child's first visit to the dentist
As you read last week, your child's first set of teeth (the primary teeth) are extremely important. Strong, healthy primary teeth help your child chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and look good. Just as important, your child's general health can be affected if diseased and broken primary teeth are not treated early. By starting dental visits at an early age, you will help your child build a lifetime of good dental habits. I also mentioned the convenience of seeking the services of a pediatric dentist who in fact specializes in this area.
Is there a best time of the day for my child to see the dentist?
Many dentists prefer to see young children in the morning, when they are rested and more cooperative. Morning appointments also don't conflict with meal times or naps. Of course, you know your own child best and select an appointment time that is comfortable and convenient for both you and your child. School hours, for example, may influence the schedule for the dental appointment.
What will happen during my child's first visit to the dentist?
What should I tell my child my child about seeing the dentist?
Tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help him/her stay healthy. Talk about the visit in a positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would about any important new experience. A visit to the dentist can be a pleasant adventure for your child.
Pointers for parents:
* Bribe your child into going to the dentist
* Use a dental visit as a punishment
* Let the child know that you feel anxiety about going to the dentist
* Let anyone tell your child scary stories about dental visits
* Try to make dental visits enjoyable to your child
* Let your child go into the treatment room alone, if that is what your dentist prefers
* Talk to your child about the dental experience after each visit
* Set a good example by brushing and flossing your own teeth thoroughly every day and by visiting the dentist regularly.
Your dentist and other members of the dental staff can do a lot to protect your child from dental disease. By starting dental visits at an early age and making them regularly, you can help your child have strong, healthy teeth all throughout life. Please remember also that it is very important to personally supervise your child's eating habits and his/her oral hygiene at home in order to keep a healthy oral environment.
I am looking forward to update you with more interesting information about modern dentistry.
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