For many new parents who are desperate to soothe a cranky baby or to help encourage longer periods of sleep, a pacifier is often introduced during the infant stage. Some infants take matters into their own hands and soothe themselves by sucking their thumb. It’s not uncommon for babies to enjoy a pacifier or thumbsucking to help soothe themselves and learn more about the world around them. However, after a period of time, these methods to soothe begin to cause a problem with a child’s oral health.
February is dedicated to celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month. This dental holiday was created back in 1941 and started as a one-day event progressing to what it is now—a month-long celebration to bring awareness of the importance of children’s oral health. The goal is for parents, caregivers, dentists, and teachers to work together to teach children to develop healthy habits that will ultimately ensure proper dental skills are mastered that will carry children through to adulthood.
Do you have a child or young loved one who is due to visit the dentist for the first time? Few things are more worrisome for a young child than going to the dentist. Buzzing drills, loud noises, and a stranger poking around in your mouth is enough to create a tense experience even for the bravest toddler. Even so, dental checkups are essential to any healthy smile. Read on for some helpful tips to ensure that your young loved one has a successful first trip to the dentist.