Happy Visits – Early Childhood
Dental experts agree that building good oral care habits should begin as early as possible to create a foundation for a lifetime. Parents often ask us when this should start and what they can do to help build and encourage these habits.
- First, model good oral care routines yourself. Children learn by watching their parents.
- Begin regular brushing routines with children once their first baby teeth have come in.
- Schedule a child’s first dental office visit when they are between 1 and 2 years old.
- They experience sitting in the dental chair and going up and down. (Whether alone or on mom or dad’s lap the ride is always fun!)
- They get to wear sunglasses and see our big flashlight (the bright overhead light).
- They meet Mr. Tickle (tooth polisher) and Mr. Thirsty (water and suction).
- They practice counting their teeth (Dr Poz always needs help counting teeth properly!).
- They get used to our staff and doctors wearing gloves and masks. (Some even want to take gloves and masks home to play dentist!)
- Parents are shown proper teeth cleaning methods and all their questions are answered.
- The importance of proper diet is also emphasized in kid friendly language.
- Before they leave, each child is treated with a visit to the treasure chest for a toy and stickers (their favorite part!)