Posted on June 6, 2022
Anxiety is a common denominator of every child going to a dentist appointment. According to Chron, orthodontists are trained in dentistry but only 5% of trained dentists are trained in orthodontics. Taking your child for a dental check-up is an important decision to make, and as such, you should consider asking children’s dentists what steps you can take to make your child comfortable during their visit. Here are some of the questions.
Thumb sucking is a habit many children engage in to find comfort. This habit may become problematic as your child grows, particularly if they are over the age of three. This may be a comforting habit for your child, but it may pose a problem for their teeth. This is because when they suck their thumb, the thumb moves their teeth and pushes against them. If you are worried about getting your child to stop sucking their thumbs, you should discuss this with children’s dentists to help you come up with an effective plan to help your child with growing out of the habit.
The process of brushing a child’s teeth can be a bit different than that of an adult. Young children are advised not to use the same toothpaste that an adult would use due to the compounds it contains. Fortunately, there are many companies that offer toothpaste specifically for children. If using child-friendly toothpaste isn’t ideal for your child, you can opt for low fluoride toothpaste. This could always begin a discussion with you and your child about why it’s important to brush our teeth. Child-friendly, themed toothpaste brands may also incentivize home oral care by making it fun. You should ask your child’s dentist about what kind of toothpaste and what type of toothbrush is suitable for your child.
It’s normal to be concerned about whether your child’s baby teeth will fall out on time. Sharing your worries with children’s dentists can help you learn more about this process. Every child is different and they lose their teeth at different times. It’s a normal occurrence for your child to lose their baby teeth sooner or later than other children.
It’s important to ask relevant questions when you take your child for a dental visit. Getting more information on what to do regarding your child’s teeth will help you to understand how to take care of them, and therefore how they can develop habits to take care of themselves. Reach out to us today to book an appointment with a qualified children’s dentist or orthodontist.
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