A Child’s First Dentist Visit
One of the most common questions we get is, “do you do children’s dentistry too?” The answer is YES!
If you’re nervous about taking your child to the dentist for the first time, don’t be. We try to make children’s appointments fun and stress free (and there’s even a goody bag at the end!).
We believe that good oral health starts early, and we help them every step of the way, from when they get their first tooth, to when they lose it, and beyond! If your little one is a little nervous (or even if you are – we completely understand), here’s a breakdown on what their first visit will look like.
What Happens at the First Appointment?
We’ll Have a Chat with You
Feel free to talk to us ahead of time and let us know a bit about your child’s personality. Do they get a bit scared or defiant in new situations? Are there any issues we should know about that may impact the appointment? The more we know, the more we can help to make the experience as positive as possible for you and your child.
Take a Ride
Once your child is called in, the dentist will introduce themselves, and ask your child to jump into the chair for a ride. We’ve got a flat-screen television on the ceiling, so your child can lay back and watch their favourite shows to help them feel more at ease. This isn’t the norm for dental clinics, but we like to make visits fun.
Let’s Get Down to Business
The dentist will give your child a look at their gloves, mask, and glasses, and ask them how many teeth they have. Then it’s onto the tooth count and examining their jaw, gums, and bite. Much like an adult appointment, the dentist will use specialised instruments to clean away any plaque or tartar that’s built up on your child’s teeth.
The dentist will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss common children’s dental problems such as decay, grinding, and teeth alignment with you and your child. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
A dentist can also:
- Fix damaged teeth from trauma or decay
- Extract teeth
- Treat gum conditions
- Make custom mouth guards for sport
A dental record is created and some photos may be taken to help with comparisons and explanations. A treatment and management plan will be put together to treat any issues and keep your child’s teeth and mouth nice and healthy.
A trip to the dentist is a big deal for kids. So at the end of your appointment, we reward your child with a goodie bag to keep their smile bright and healthy.
Here’s what’s inside:
- New toothbrush
- Toy (tooth timer, toothbrush holder etc)
Starting good dental habits young with regular trips to the dentist is going to set them up for dental success well into adulthood! Find out more about your child’s first visit to the dentist in our video walkthrough. Watch it here.