When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?
Most experts recommend that you take your child for his first dental appointment just after his first birthday. If your child has passed his milestone and still hasn’t had a dental appointment, it’s a good idea to make an appointment soon. This will allow you to ensure that his teeth are developing properly and he has a clean dental bill-of-health.
When is it okay to let my child start brushing on his own?
Unfortunately, there is no set age when your child will have the skills to brush his teeth on his own. Each child is different. However, it’s a good idea to allow your child to begin brushing his teeth as soon as he is willing. Of course, you’ll want to stand by and watch to ensure he is doing it properly. As a good rule of measure, your child will probably need assistance brushing his teeth until he is around 6 years old or so.
What should I do if my child doesn’t want to brush?
As a parent, you are well aware that it’s hard to get your child to do anything he doesn’t want to. If your child avoids brushing his teeth like the plague, get creative. Make brushing time more of an event than a duty. Let him know that children’s dental practices can be fun. Consider making it a family practice, where you all do it together, or consider purchasing him a toothbrush with his favorite character on it.