Bringing your child to the doctors and the dentist is a part of life. We know that taking our infants to the doctors is a part of their growing. Infants go to their well check ups from the day they are born, however not every parent knows when the best time to take their child to the dentist. Taking care of your infants teeth begins at birth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you begin caring for your child’s gums as an infant with a soft infant toothbrush, cloth and water. It’s never too early to talk about the dentist, and one of the best ways to introduce the dentist to your children is through stories.
Finding a pediatric dentist that you trust is important and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that you establish an early relationship with a dentist for your child early on. You can bring your child as early as a year to get your child's teeth examined and begin building that relationship.
There are many great books that help children understand what happens at the dentist. Some great books to read to your children are: Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Meyer, Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain, and Show Me Your Smile! A Visit to the Dentist by Christine Ricci. These books can give children a comfort of knowing all about the dentist before they go. This will help with some anxiety children feel when going to the dentist.
Remember it's never too early to begin teaching your child about the dentist!
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