Establishing Good Oral Care Habits Begin At A Young Age

Setting a high standard of oral hygiene early in life will help children develop healthy oral hygiene habits for life! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first see the dentist at one year old or when the first tooth emerges. Our experienced dental team of Dr. Allan Ruda and Dr. Beth DeAngelis, located near Red Bank, has created a welcoming and stress-free environment for all patients, including our youngest patients.

Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit in Middletown, NJ Enjoyable with These Tips

To help ease your child’s fears and make their first trip to the dentist a positive experience, follow these steps:

  • Be positive – When explaining what to expect on the first visit, avoid detailed or negative information. Focus on the positive aspects of the dentist.
  • Turn it into a fun and educational experience – Prepare for the visit by reading books or watching educational videos about what happens at the dentist.
  • Let your child bring their favorite toy to the appointment – If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, bring it to the appointment. This helps ease the uncertainty of the exam by having something to hold onto during the appointment.

Just like an adult, children should see the dentist a minimum of twice a year. The mouth is constantly changing and growing in childhood and along with this growth can come injuries and issues that, when addressed early, can be easily treated.

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