Smile Connections

My Child's First Dental Visit - What should I expect?

May 28, 2020
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Posted By: Stylianos Papadopoulos

Teeth are a very important part of us. We take time out of our day to keep them clean, healthy and looking their best. We know it is important to visit our Dentist or Oral Health Therapist at least twice a year for a thorough checkup and clean, but what about our little ones?

Children's 'baby-teeth' or 'milk-teeth' are important too. They give children the ability to eat, speak and smile. Children's milk teeth provide space in their mouth and help to allow for adult teeth to gradually erupt in their place.

They may be temporary, but they are vital too keeping your little person happy and healthy!

Parents often ask; When should I bring my son or daughter in? Is it too early? Have I left it too long?

As soon as their teeth first start to come through, feel free to bring them in. The more they visit us, the more comfortable they become with the clinic environment. A major part of childhood dentistry is desensitising, and helping them feel at ease when they come in for a visit. This allows them to set good habits for the future, providing them with healthy teeth and a healthy body to match!  It's also about educating you about how to clean their teeth, giving you some 'tooth-friendly' snack options and letting you know when you can expect the first visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Bringing them in for a 'ride in the chair', looking at the instruments we use to check and count their teeth, as well as feeling and smelling the paste we use to polish their teeth gives them a good understanding of what their future visits will be like.

Creating a sense of familiarity and comfort is our priority. Once we have gained their trust, we are able to thoroughly examine and clean their teeth, in addition to teaching them important life skills such as tooth brushing to help their smile last forever!

Positivity is key to helping us foster this sense of comfort during a dental visit. Try your best not to use any negative words and phrases like 'pain', 'it won't hurt' or discussing any previous bad experiences, as these often deter children from wanting to visit. We don't force children to undertake any type of treatment, but tell, show and do. This simple process gives them the opportunity to feel in control and gives them (and you!) a good understanding of what is happening.

We are here for you and your child for any questions or concerns, and available to support you throughout the many and various stages of their childhood.

Feel free to give us a call to book an appointment in, whether it's a first visit, a routine check-up or a concern you may have.

 

Stylianos Papadopoulos

Oral Health Therapist


 

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