Children fear dentists! That’s a fact. But how can you blame them, when even some adults are afraid of dentists too. While some types of fear are inborn, such as fear of loud noises or fear of unknown instruments, such as a like a drill or a suction device, which are used to during treatment, other types of fear are either objective or subjective.
Objective fear is created through one’s own personal experience; thus, a first painful tooth extraction will most likely result to fear of another visit to the dentist for a second extraction treatment. On the other hand, subjective fear is due to children telling of their unpleasant dental experience to their friends. Sometimes, though, fear of dentist is due to parents taking their child to their own dentist appointment and then complaining to their child just how painful their treatment was.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Dental Association (ADA), and pediatric dentists and hygienists explain the positive effects of taking a child to the dentist even before his or her first birthday: this will help promote healthy gums and teeth from his or her childhood years to his or her teenage years.
Now that this is known, the next important thing is find out to what dental clinic to take your child. This is because though dentists are capable of providing their patients whatever dental service they may require, not all, however, are specially trained to treat children effectively and efficiently.
Getting your children started with dental treatment early on is essential for preventing more serious oral health problems in their future. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your child to their first check-up with a dentist as soon as their first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday. Getting your kids on the path to good oral health early has shown to reduce their risk of developing tooth decay and oral diseases. The dental needs of children change dramatically as they get older, so regular visits with their pediatric dentist is highly recommended.
Besides this, it is recommended that pediatric dental care include:
- Choosing the best toothbrush for you kids;
- Providing recommendations for tooth sealants as your child gets older; and,
- Recommending the best type of toothpaste based on your child’s needs.