Your child’s dental care starts before birth. Did you know that your child’s teeth can begin the first stage of fetal development between the third and sixth month of pregnancy and as early as 6 weeks? This is when the basic substance is formed. An expectant mother should learn healthy eating habits early on. Good nutrition is very important during pregnancy for good dental care, oral health in the development of a child’s teeth. Proper amounts of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin D and phosphorus are necessary to be included in a mother’s diet along with dairy products, soy products, leafy greens and fortified grains. Certain medications should be avoided during pregnancy, such as tetracycline, it can harm the substance found in the developing teeth of the embryo.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist
It is very important to make sure that your child’s first visit to the dentist is a pleasant experience. We all know how important first impressions are, they can last a lifetime. Your child’s first visit should be between 1 and 2 years old. The dentist can check for the first signs of tooth decay and also suggest fluoride treatment to help prevent tooth decay. You can also talk to him about thumb sucking, a habit most children develop. He can advise you on some of the methods used to break this habit and help avoid the dangers to the developing teeth. Tell the dentist about any illnesses or medications your child is taking. If you don’t understand any of the recommendations, don’t be afraid to ask for a more detailed explanation.
Keep an active role
It is very important for a parent to take an active role in caring for their children’s dental care and oral health, such as brushing and flossing themselves. Children who maintain good dental care and oral habits through their teenage years are more likely to continue brushing and flossing into adulthood.
Don’t wait for an emergency to take your child to their first visit, it will be an unpleasant experience and will leave a bad impression on them. It is important for you to maintain a positive attitude, not show any fear or concern, remember that your child can pick up on and mirror these emotions. Reassure them that the dentists are friendly doctors who will help them take care of their teeth, and maybe reward them with something special after the visit.