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Help your child become comfortable with dental visits

Brought to you by Todd Gifford, DMD, Gifford Family Dentistry - Dental INSIDER -

GIFFORD FAMILY DENTISTRY - Todd Gifford, DMDFear of the dentist, stemming from a parent’s own traumatic young dental memory, is often passed on to the child unintentionally. It doesn't have to be that way.

Your local general dentist received intensive training in compassionate care for all ages of patients because we now understand that positive early dental experiences serve as a critical foundation for healthy smiles from childhood to the teenage years and beyond.

Put your child’s mind at ease by following these few simple tips.

Practice for the dental visit. Have your child lie back on the couch or in a reclining chair. Hold a mirror up so they can see while you look in their mouth and count their teeth. Encourage them to brush the teeth of their doll or stuffed animal to get more accustomed to the dental routine.

Tell your child what to expect. Most importantly, emphasize that seeing the dentist keeps their teeth strong, healthy and beautiful. This will help motivate them to want to go to the dentist.

Early visits are critical. A child’s initial visit is recommended no later than the first birthday. Early experiences create a positive association with the dental office visit that leads to a lifetime of healthy smiles while also providing opportunities to educate parents about how they can help their child avoid cavities and other oral health problems.

In the end, it’s all about your child and a healthy smile that can last a lifetime.

Gifford Family Dentistry

1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste E

Portland, OR 97239