Recently I have been contemplating on doing a blog post on Mariah’s first dental experience.
As many of you know, Mariah is 2 years old and it was time to get her first dental appointment out of the way. I am pretty sure you guys can imagine how that went. Mariah did not like the idea of someone restraining her to brush her teeth. She is so independent that it is a fight to brush her teeth for her.
Facts about infants/toddler dental health:
- Start early! When your little one is an infant it is important to clean their gums. Using a infant brush or wash cloth will do the trick. If you start early your child will less likely fight you when you are brushing their teeth.
- Consistency is key! A child will become accustomed teeth brushing and it will become apart of their routine.
- Once your little one shows sign of teeth it is important to get them to a pediatric dentist. We waited until Mariah was 2.5 years old but it is suggested when your child is at least one years old.
- If you wait too long to encourage dental care, then there is a strong chance that you will come out of pocket to care for those baby teeth.
- Ask your pediatric dentist the best methods to ensure positive dental practices.
- Buy them pick out their favorite toothbrushes and explain to them the process of dental care.
Don’t be afraid to brush their teeth even when they put up a fight. Develop a reward system, make oral hygiene a fun and rewarding experience.
Please comment below your experiences of taking your little one to the dentist!