Regular check-ups from a young age will ensure a good oral health routine is established, will help prevent tooth decay and will identify any other problems early. The sooner any problems are found, the quicker they can be resolved.
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Your child’s first visit
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday.
The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination.
What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?
For your child’s first visit, it is best for the parent to explain beforehand that during this examination all we will do is count the child’s teeth. Avoid using emotive phrases such as “it won’t hurt”.
We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
If needed, we are happy to offer bribery for our very young patients in the form of a small gift of excellent behaviour, and a variety of stickers!!!
During each dental examination, we will speak with the parents and the child together and offer dietary advice, and suggest an age appropriate oral hygiene regime.
Here are some “First Visit” tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
It is important to take good care of oral health from early childhood, that is as soon as the first deciduous (milk) teeth erupt.
When the permanent teeth have fully erupted it is advisable to cover them with a special fissure sealant that is designed to flow into and fill the pits and grooves of the teeth.