Chloe just had her first dental check at the age of 4 and like any other child her, she was a little nervous of seeing the dentist for the first time. Although this is not the first time she has been to the dental clinic as I often take her with me during my annual dental routine check, I can still feel that she is a little bit concern and nervous about seeing the dentist. At first she insisted that she will not see the dentist and she got a lot of reasons for it, but when I told her that there is a sticker badge waiting for her and a surprise inside the dental room, she agreed to go along. The dentist and the dental nurse were very friendly, offered her a selection of sun glasses when she gets in the room and was chatting with me and her. I was actually surprised that Chloe responded well and after the dental check, she was given a sticker badge which makes her very proud!
Anyway, here is some advice from the dentist of how to care of a child’s teeth, well these are the only 3 important things I can remember:
• Keep down the number of times each day that your child eats or drinks something sugary.
• Acidic drinks such as fruit juices and squashes should only be given with meals and not on their own.
• Brush your child’s teeth thoroughly twice each day, using a small pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
• Let the child sees you are brushing your teeth, best to brush at the same time your child is brushing her or his teeth.
• Go on helping your child to brush until you are sure that he or she is old enough. They recon until the age of seven.
It is recommended that you should take your child to the dentist for an annual routine check, even if he or she does not have any tooth decay problem, as this would help maintain your child's teeth and gums healthy.