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Baby’s First Dentist Day!

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Your baby’s teeth began forming before they were born and they should erupt from their gums at around 4 months. After that, it’s up to you to teach them good oral hygiene habits that they can maintain for the rest of their life. Of course, you don’t have to do it alone. Around your child’s first birthday, it’s time to take them to the dentist to make sure that everything is going smoothly.

Going to the dentist for the first time can be scary for a child because there are so many unfamiliar sights, sounds and tastes to deal with. A fear of the dentist is the last thing you want when you’re trying to help your child to develop good oral hygiene habits. Some people find that bringing their child to the dentist with an older sibling helps to get the younger child used to a dental surgey. If your child doesn’t have an older sibling who is already comfortable in the dentist’s chair, you can try role-playing. Let your child pretend to be at the dentist with you and have fun with it!

You might find it easier to hold your child on your lap for their first few visits. After a while, they’ll probably want to feel more “grown up” and sit in the chair by themselves!

Things to look out for:

Limit your child’s sugar intake, make sure they are getting enough fluoride from their drinking water and try to make their tooth cleaning routine a fun, family activity. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for behaviours like thumb sucking, which can cause bite problems that need to be corrected in the future.

Don’t forget to be a good role model. If you have great oral hygiene habits, your child is more likely to copy you and have a healthy smile for life!

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