Reducing Dental Anxiety In Children
Start dental care early for your child to prevent and reverse tooth decay and build a level of comfort between your child and his or her pediatric dentist.
According to Dr. Diane Baldwin of Point Pleasant Dentistry for Children, it’s important to start dental care at one year of age or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth. Visiting a pediatric dentist at a young age allows the dentist and the parents to discuss the importance of diet and oral hygiene, determine if the child is at risk for future issues, and build a relationship between the child and the dentist.
Pediatric dental offices have made offering a child-friendly environment a top priority. With toys and DVDs in the lobby, new, non-invasive treatments and early detection, children can easily become acquainted with regular visits to the dentist. Regular visits can reduce the chances of major dental work by identifying cavities or other dental issues early on. If major problems do arise, children will have less anxiety visiting a dentist that they are comfortable with.
Outside of regular check-ups, Dr. Baldwin can help create an oral health routine for children to do at home with assistance from the parents. Parents should limit children’s sugar intake and maintain a regular brushing and flossing schedule. Problems can also be prevented by rinsing teeth with water after meals when it is not possible to brush . Older children can chew sugar free gum to neutralize the acids in the mouth and remove excess food that may be stuck. Gum that contains xylitol is best.
Awareness is imperative to preventing and reversing tooth decay in children. Help your child by looking for signs of plaque build-up and preserving an oral health care routine.
A pediatric dentist in Monmouth County NJ like Dr. Baldwin can create an oral health plan for a child. Dr. Baldwin offers routine exams, pulpotomy (baby root canal), fluoride treatments, stainless steel crowns, fillings and restorations, extractions, cleanings, X-rays, consultations and second opinions.