Dr. Mitchell Chun
Traditionally, parents have waited to bring their children
to the dentist until primary teeth begin to appear. A recent consumer poll
shows that nearly 70 percent of parents wait until their children are
three years old before taking them to the dentist. But a dental visit by
age one, or within six months of the eruption of the first baby tooth is
During this first visit, the dentist usually will sit knee
to knee with the parent, with the child comfortably nestled in the
parent's lap. This gives the dentist the opportunity to have the parent
demonstrate how she or he brushes the child's teeth while the child is
feeling very safe. This pleasant and painless visit should take no more
than 15 minutes.
Following a few simple rules can help ensure your child is
off to a good start in oral health.
Follow your dentist's advice regarding nutrition, hygiene routine,
fluoride and dental visit schedule.
Teach your child how to brush their teeth around age three, and brush your
teeth with your children to model good technique and spot problems.
Don't think baby teeth don't matter "because they'll just fall out
Let your child know that visiting the dentist is will be a pleasant
Dr. Chun is a family dentist with offices in Kailua
and Waimanalo he can be reached at 259-7979. The Academy of General
Dentistry provided additional information for this article.