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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – When Should You Take Your Child To The Dentist for the First Time?

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist for the First Time?

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, this week’s Y-Country Medical Minute topic covers when you should take your child to the dentist for the first time, what to expect and tips on how to prepare.

When:

  • When the child’s first tooth appears.  This usually happens when the child is around 6 to 10 months old.
  • Dentists prefer the child is seen for the first time before the age of 2.

Why:

  • Taking the child to the dentist when they are young helps to familiarize the child with the dental staff, office environment, dental tools and visit process.

What to expect:

  • The child’s first dental visit is more educational than a regular dental visit.  The dental staff will provide information on how to care for your child’s teeth at home along with nutritional tips to help promote healthy teeth and gums.
  • If able, the hygienist will clean the child’s present teeth and place a fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities.

How to Prepare:

  • Play Dentist!  Take turns with your child pretending to be the dentist and patient.  You can take turns looking into each other mouths and counting teeth.
  • Allow your child to get a good nights rest the night before their appointment.
  • Make sure to plan ahead and schedule plenty of time before and after your appointment so that you do not feel rushed.
  • If you have other small children, be sure to arrange for a babysitter/daycare to allow your full attention to the child with the scheduled visit.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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