Creating Good Dental Patients – Start Early and Keep It Fun!
Believe it or not, we are born with all our teeth hidden away in our gums. Even before that first tooth emerges, it is important to remember that from healthy gums come healthy teeth.
Baby's first visit should be by one year of age or six months after the first tooth emerges, whichever comes first. These first visits are no pressure, a ride in the chair, a visual check, just as much as the child will allow comfortably. We know from experience that if the first visit or two is fun and easy, children grow up to be excellent dental patients. If caregivers are easygoing about the visits, usually, so too are the children. Parents and family members that speak well of their dental care tend to pass on a good attitude to the younger ones. Initially, it's all about forming a good relationship and trust.
Dentistry has changed so much from fifty years ago. Restorative dentistry is virtually pain free now with newer anesthetics and techniques. Advancements in preventative care and understanding the effects of bacteria and diet have the potential to make tooth decay a thing of the past. The biggest hurdle we have, as dental clinicians, is teaching our patients to develop good routines, have regular checkups and that their mouths are the gateway to good health. Starting early is the most effective way, and with our amazing selection of children's prizes, the adults will be jealous!
Lake Grove Dental
16455 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035