Many parents wonder when they should first bring their child to the dentist. At Glow Dental we are strong advocates of preventative dentistry and believe that bringing children into the practice from an early age can help them to have good oral health for life.
Children in the UK still have shockingly high levels of tooth decay, and while this is improving there is still a long way to go. By bringing your child in as soon as their first teeth start to appear, your dentist is able to spot any early signs of problems such as decay and treat them before they become serious. Appropriate preventative techniques including fluoride varnish, fissure sealant and hygienist appointments can also be provided.
Studies have shown that children who visit a dental practice from an early age are less likely to be afraid of the dentist in later life. Early intervention and regular check-ups can decrease the need for more invasive treatment such as fillings or extractions, which can be traumatic for young patients. Bringing your child to the dentist from when they are young will also help them to see their visits as a positive experience, with the dentist becoming a friendly face they look forward to seeing.
By coming along to an appointment with a parent or guardian, or an older sibling, young children can learn by observing and copying what they see – getting used to sitting in the dentist’s chair and opening their mouth to let the dentist look at their teeth.
Fissure sealants can be applied to the surfaces of the teeth to help prevent decay, whilst fluoride varnish helps to mineralise the teeth. Your child may also benefit from seeing the hygienist, who can present information about cleaning and looking after your teeth in an engaging, fun and age-appropriate manner, as well as explaining how too many sugary foods and drinks can make their teeth unhappy.