When it comes to a child’s first dental visit, the earlier you introduce them to the concept of regularly going for a dental checkup, the more comfortable they will be, which will obviously help to relieve their anxiety in the long run. Often, an infant or toddler’s first dental visit is simply a short icebreaker that helps to establish a safe and friendly location via its welcoming, nurturing atmosphere. If this is done correctly, subsequent visits will be much more straightforward and hassle-free.
We sincerely trust that you and your child will find the first visit and all visits to our office both comfortable and rewarding.
Child’s first visit to the dentist?
Making infant and children’s oral health a priority is a key to lifelong health. Children should see a dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts or by 12 months of age and regularly thereafter, just like regular check-ups with their pediatrician or family doctor. Tooth decay can start as soon as baby teeth erupt into the mouth. That is why it is important for parents to adopt healthy dental practices early.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends a first dental visit within the first year (12 months) as a dental best practice to help prevent cavities. It helps to establish a dental home for the child and encourages the development of a positive relationship with your dentist.
What will happen at the first visit?
A little planning goes a long way in “framing the experience” in a positive, comforting light. A dental expert will also be able to share long-term cavity prevention techniques and advice with you and your child, as well as other healthy cleaning habits that will (hopefully) end up lasting a lifetime. We are dedicated to offering high quality dental solutions as well as healthy, happy smiles!
The first visit will consist of a relaxed review of your child’s overall dental health. We will gather your child’s dental and medical health information and allow him or her to meet the staff, tour the office, sit in a dental chair, and generally have fun while visiting.
If your child is comfortable, we will perform a comprehensive dental examination along with a discussion on proper diet, nutrition and good oral hygiene habits. Usually, a professional dental cleaning, fluoride therapy and any necessary x-rays can also be completed during this visit; however, these can also wait until a subsequent visit when your child may feel more relaxed and comfortable.
For very young children, the examination is done in the parent’s lap by a technique called “Knee-to-Knee” which can also be helpful for parents to brush their child’s teeth at home.
At Sterling Family Dentistry, Dr. Mann strive to make your child’s first visit to the dentist a positive and exciting adventure, using words that are pleasant and non-frightening to your child while offering explanations in “kid-friendly” terms. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff will help you and your child feel right at home.
Preparing for the First Visit, Do’s and Don’ts
To help your child adjust to a new environment and aid in a positive dental experience, we have a list of suggested do’s and don’ts
- Bring your child few minutes ahead of the appointment time.
- Get your child excited to meet new friends, our dental team.
- Share fun and exciting stories.
- Bring referral form and X-rays if your child was referred by a dental office and these items were provided to you.
- Send a family member or friend to the first appointment. We would love to meet you!
- Tell your child “They won’t hurt you” or similar phrases.
- Share your bad experience or negative stories.