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32 basic facts about teeth and gums - Q28 to Q32

Q28. At what age should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

Your child's first visit to the dentist should be when it is between 2 and 3 years of age. However, if a child younger than 2 has a cavity, or its teeth are injured in an accident, it should, of course, be taken to a dentist for examination and the necessary treatment.

Q29. How should you prepare your child for its first visit to the dentist?

The most important thing is to prevent fear. You may remark casually about the benefits of dental care, such as attractive teeth without cavities. Do not overprepare the child. Avoid saying, 'It won't hurt'. Rather your attitude should be that the dentist is like a friend who helps you keep your teeth healthy, strong, and shining white.

Q30. What will the dentist do during your child's first visit?

The dentist will examine the child's mouth and teeth, using a mouth mirror and explorer and will check for any irregularities of the teeth and jaws. Usually the dentist will clean the teeth and advise on proper dental care.

Q31. Should X-ray pictures be taken of children's tooth?

Yes. If the dentist considers it necessary for a detailed examination.

Q32. How can you encourage your child to have regular dental examinations?

When your child is old enough to understand the importance of good living, explain to the child the part the teeth play in general health. Dental care should be considered a routine part of normal living. If you have any other questions ask your dentist who will advise you properly.

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