child's first visit to the dentist is as early as age 1.
the first 3 years, baby teeth should be checked from time to time
for a condition called "Bottle Mouth Syndrome". This condition
occurs in children who take a bottle at bed time. Cavities should
be checked and treated even on baby teeth since some of them will
last until age 12. Early loss of baby teeth can affect growth of
underlying permanent teeth which may result in need for braces
in later years. All baby teeth should be preserved until permanent
teeth replace them.
is very important to build a very good relationship with children
at their first visit to the dental office. Parents are great tools
for creating a positive picture in a child's mind.
is wrong to tell the child: " if you don't brush, I will take
you to the dentist." This will create a negative picture of
the dentist in the child's mind and makes him/her scared of the
dentist without ever having set foot in a dental office. The better
approach is to say: "if you brush, the dentist will appreciate
your hard work."