Good dental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, and the earlier a child is introduced to regular dental visits, the faster they will simply regard them as a normal part of growing up, and not as something to be feared. Having a child in for their first checkup by their first birthday is wonderful idea. Instilling good oral health practices at an early age will pay dividends down the road.
Helping a child through their preliminary dentist visits while reducing anxiety requires some thought and planning. First, having a warm and welcoming atmosphere greet them as soon as they walk through the door can help them relax and feel more at ease. A caring and considerate staff helps take the edge off of any uneasiness the patient may feel. The dentist helps out immeasurably by explaining what he is going to do, how he will do it, and what the outcome will be. This "Tell-Show-Do" method is very effective and gives the child a better understanding of how the dentist is trying to help them.
Starting trips to the dentist at an early age can offer a number of benefits, not the least of which, it gives the dentist an opportunity to catch any early-developing oral health issues before they get too serious. Regular checkups at this age also give the dentist and his staff a chance to teach proper brushing and flossing techniques which will serve the child well all through his life, and may help keep oral health issues to a minimum.
There are a number of ways that a Children dentist can make the experience more pleasant and still be very effective. The use of local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, distracting games or music are all aimed at making the dental visit a positive one. Bruce Vafa, DDS of Smile Angels of Beverly Hills has worked hard to make sure that his younger patients are at their ease when they are in his chair, starting with the first checkup.