Worried about being able to afford your children’s dental care? Make it a family affair and book a trip to the dentist together. In Mexico, the whole family can be seen for their regular check-up for less than the price of just one member at home. For a family of four with two visits each to the dentist per year that equates to a big saving.
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Why choose a pediatric dentist?
While it is not unusual for parents to take their children to their own dentist, it may be worth arranging for your children to go to a specialist pediatric (children’s) dentist. In addition to a pediatric dentist having the training and experience to deal with children of all ages, including screaming, tantrums and wriggling in the dental chair, you will often find their offices are designed with children in mind, giving them lots of distractions to make their dental visit a fun rather than dreadful experience.
Colorful playrooms, games, books, TV’s, and kid-friendly treatment rooms are just some of the diversions you can expect to find at one of pediatric dentists in Mexico to create a positive and upbeat encounter.
A pediatric dentist’s aim is to promote a positive attitude to oral and dental health care by building a trusting relationship between themselves and your child. Establishing communication by alleviating fear and anxiety will enable your child to receive quality dental care to ensure lasting dental health.
When should I take my child to their first dental appointment?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that one dental visit when there is one tooth equals zero cavities. The earlier you can get your child to the dentist the better, but it should be within 6 months of the first tooth’s arrival.
What to expect at the first appointment
It really is a case of the earlier you get your child to go to the dentist so they get used to it the more likely they will be to tolerate future visits. If your child’s first experience of the dentist is because they have a problem and they require the use of the injection needle and/or drill then this is more likely to set the tone for a lifetime of dental phobia. If their first few visits are just simple check-ups when nothing painful or untoward happens your child is much more likely to be relaxed and acquiescent.
The first dental appointment is likely to be brief and casual. The dentist will check inside your child’s mouth to look for signs of tooth decay and will also check the gums and your child’s bite. They may clean your child’s teeth, or they may wait until the next visit, depending on how amenable your child is to the situation.
The dentist will advise you on good oral hygiene habits and will answer any questions you have about your child’s dental health.
How often to visit
As long as there are no problems your dentist will probably advise six monthly appointments, and providing you ensure good oral hygiene between appointments you will be giving your child the best start to their oral health that you can.