This month, our 2 year old daughter cleaned her teeth at our neighboring dentist.
This is the third time she’s visited the dentist for cleaning. Luckily, she was docile and kept still for most of the cleaning.
“Why would you bring her to the dentist?” my father-in-law scoffed. “All her baby teeth will eventually fall off!”
I know dental hygiene for babies may sound silly but here are four good reasons why I bring my daughter to the dentist.
1. This allows baby to get comfortable with the dentist.
Imagine never bringing your child to the dentist till he’s 5. He’s never sat on the dentist chair and some stranger has to tinker with his teeth. At certain times, it hurts…. a lot.
The child will scream bloody murder!
Who could blame the child?
Starting a child early makes him/her more comfortable and lets him/her see the dentist as the friend than a bringer of pain.
2. Prevention is better than the cure: General cleaning is better than complex dental work due to bad dental hygiene
It is less expensive and less painful to clean your teeth. Personally, I didn’t really have good dental hygiene as a child. So going to the dentist has always been a traumatic experience for me.
Everytime I go, it’s only because I have cavities or need to have my teeth pulled. Visits are expensive and scary since every time I go, more complex dental work need to be done.
I wouldn’t have such traumatic experience if I went more often. The dentist can work on my teeth before it gets worse.
3. Bad teeth = ugly child
I don’t want my child to get laughed at. But children will be laughed at if they have bad teeth.
I don’t want mu child to suffer from low self esteem. If other kids laugh at my daughter because of her bad teeth, this will make her think that she’s ugly or deficient even though she’s not.
That’s what happens when you let your baby teeth go, eventually, it is what the other kids remember and they will still remember that even when your baby teeth get replaced.
We don’t really wish our child to be ugly, so off the the dentist she goes.
4. I want her to feel that dental hygiene is important.
Habits start today. If we don’t start now, when will we start?
How about you? When will you send your kids to the dentist? Comments appreciated!