Whether your toddler has a mouth filled with teeth or only a few poking through, it’s time to start thinking about keeping his/her adorable smile healthy. There are a few steps to help your child achieve a lifetime of good oral health. First, teach your toddler to brush their teeth at least twice a day (use non fluoridated toothpaste until your toddler knows how to spit out the paste completely). Next, book the child’s first dentist appointment — if you haven’t already.
But before you assume that getting your toddler into the dentist’s chair will involve either a tantrum or bribery, remember that your child doesn’t harbor any ill will toward his first dentist — yet. For him, his first dentist appointment could be as much fun as a stop at the local amusement park (the chair goes up and down, back and forth!). Here are a few tips for a successful first dental visit: