Children’s Dentistry in Wichita, KS
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
At Wichita Family Dental, we make a special effort to keep our tiniest patients at ease in our office. Your child should visit the dentist before their first birthday and you should help them to practice proper oral hygiene habits as soon as their teeth erupt. If your child’s gums are sore as their teeth come in, you can rub a cool, wet cloth across them for relief. Teething rings are also available. We recommend you brush their new teeth after every meal as sugary food and juice can cause decay. Teach your child to brush their teeth using a brush with very soft bristles. They only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste at first.
What Should I Tell My Child About the First Dental Visit?
To prepare your child for their first trip to our office, you can tell them what to expect. At their first visit, the dentist will gently examine their mouth, teeth, and gums. They will evaluate habits like thumb sucking and teach you how to properly clean and care for their teeth. You can also add a couple of books about the dentist to their bedtime reading to get them ready. Here are some of our favorites:
What about Preventative Care?
Our doctors recommend dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth from decay. You should also limit their sugar intake and snacking. Watch sugary drinks and sticky foods. Choose nutritious snacks and make them a part of meals. Teach your children the importance of brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
Remember that baby teeth are important. They allow your child to chew, bite, and speak correctly. It is important that you teach them to care for these teeth so they can establish healthy habits before their permanent teeth come in.