Saturday, 4th July 2020

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That important first trip to THE DENTIST

That important first trip to THE DENTIST

DonÂ’t let a bad experience prevent you from taking care of your teeth by going to a reputable dentist - By Sonia Fendley, Director of STM Nummos Life SL.

There are many people who have had a bad dental experience during their childhood. Fortunately there are good dentist specializing
in paediatric dentistry who will know how to prevent your child from developing that fear.

Taking kids to the dentist is necessary to keep their teeth healthy and promote excellent oral hygiene habits. But from a childÂ’s point of view, a trip to the dentist can be a scary event -- lying on a chair in an unfamiliar room filled with unfamiliar noises and objects, all while a stranger is poking cold, metallic, and unusual instruments in his mouth. When should kids have their teeth examined?
And how should you prepare?

In some cases, as your childÂ’s teeth continue to fall out and grow, he may have to take at least 10 trips to the dentist before starting

By age 2½ most children have cut all of their baby teeth, so toddlerhood is a great time to start to instil good dental habits. “Baby teeth are important because they hold the space for permanent teeth”.


Although dentists now recommend that children see a dentist for the first time by their first birthday, twice-yearly dental checkups and proper care at home are the keys to ensuring pearly whites throughout childhood.

For young children however, the first dental visit can be a scary proposition. Your first impulse may be to take your child to your own dentist, but this may not be a good idea, unless a sizable part of the practiceis for children. Your dentist will advise you and, if necessary, recommend a child-friendly dentist or an accredited paediatric dentist inyour area.

When making the appointment, tour theoffice with your child. Observe how the staff handles children, and make sure youÂ’re
comfortable with all procedures.

“Parents should be in the examining roomwith the child and a dentist should stopworking if a child gets upset or nervous.”

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