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I recently took my 2-year old son to his first dentist appointment, which got me thinking about the importance of good dental care, right from the start.
Providing Dental Care Right from the Start
As soon as your baby cuts that first tooth, you can begin to brush your child’s tooth/teeth. The age of baby developing that first tooth varies, but it is generally sometime between 6 to 12 months of age.
You can buy a baby toothbrush just about anywhere a regular toothbrush is sold. This is the toothbrush and toothpaste set I bought for my son. It’s important to make sure that any toothpaste you buy for a small child is labeled “safe is swallowed,” just in case.
For my 1-year old and 2-year old, our routine is as follows: at least once a day, I will brush my son and daughter’s teeth first, and then let them hold their own toothbrush and practice “brushing” their teeth.
My daughter “brushing” her teeth
When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist?
According to most websites, you should take your child in to see the dentist by the age of one.
Technically, taking my son to the dentist at 2-years old was late by most standards. But I think a child’s maturity level and readiness should also be taken into account.
For example, my 1-year old daughter is in no way ready to sit still and behave during a dentist appointment.
What to Expect at the First Dental Visit
The purpose of that first dentist visit is to get your child acquainted with the dentist office. It helps to go to a pediatric dentist, but if no pediatric dentist is available, then it is fine to take your child to a regular dentist.
Overview of my Son’s 1st Dentist Appointment
After filling out several health history forms, I went back to the exam room with my son.
Since my 2-year-old son was too young to sit in the dentist chair by himself, he sat on my lap in the dentist chair. The hygienist was very patient with my son, and let him examine the tools she planned to use before she put them in his mouth. For example, my son touched the polisher toothbrush and got to sniff and see that the polish was strawberry-flavored.
Because everything was introduced to him beforehand, my son was more than happy to open his mouth wide and let the hygienist polish his teeth. Afterwards, she gave him a little water with the water pic instrument, and tried the suction instrument, but my son was not having that. All in all, the hygienist said my son did a great job, and she was amazed that he let her brush his teeth, with no problems, on his very first dental visit.
A few minutes later, the pediatric dentist came to examine my son’s teeth. She looked inside his mouth and said that his teeth looked great, with no signs of cavities or plaque buildup. Also, his tooth spacing and 2-year molars were coming in perfectly. Then the dentist brushed a fluoride varnish across my son’s teeth and said to “keep up the good work” and that she would see us again in 6 months.
The hygienist brought us a goody bag containing a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste, and then let my son choose a squeaker toy from a treat box. Our first dental appointment was complete.
In the end, it was a quick and painless experience, for both mom and son.
Just like kids, adults need to see the dentist regularly too.
What Does this Reluctant Stay at Home Mom Look for in a Dentist?
Of primary importance is that my dentist be highly skilled and competent. I want my dentist to be on the cutting-edge and constantly learning and improving as technology advances. As a budget-minded Stay at Home Mom, I also need a dentist that is willing to work with his patients financially. Finally, I want a dentist who is personable and has some interesting stories to tell. Dentist Karl Jobst, Grove, OK who is also an avid pilot, definitely has some interesting stories to tell.
When I think of all the qualities I look for in a dentist, Karl Jobst possesses all these traits and more.
A Dental Practice is More than Just a Dentist
A good dental practice is more than just its dentist. Dentists such as Karl Jobst understand this concept clearly. Jobst’s staff reflects his high standards. From the front desk staff, to the dental assistants, to the hygienists, every employee is vital to the dental practice’s success.
Why this Mom Likes Going to the Dentist
Before becoming a mother, I used to dread my 6-month dental cleanings, but now it almost feels like a vacation. (Especially as a mother to two toddlers.)
Reclined seat? Check. Chance to shut your eyes? Check. No babies demanding all your attention? Yes, please.
Going to the dentist is one of the few certainties in life. So, take your time and think about the qualities you look for in that perfect dentist, both for your children and for you. As soon as your child develops his first tooth, you can help your baby brush his teeth, therefore starting him off on the right path for a lifetime of dental care.
Remember, as any dentist will say: Don’t forget to brush and floss daily!