Kids First Dental Visit


Early Preventative Care Means Beautiful Problem Free Teeth For Life.

The arrival of baby teeth is huge step because they allow children to begin to eat a variety of new foods. In addition to celebrating this new stage in your babyʼs development, you should also begin to think about a first visit to the dentist. Although parents may not yet be concerned, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dentist visit take place before a babyʼs first birthday. Initially, dental visits are mostly informative in nature, but even at this early age, we will help you and your child learn about their teeth in a fun, safe and comforting environment.

Your First Visit And What To Expect

Ensure that your child is well rested and not hungry around the time of the appointment. It may be helpful to write down a list of questions ahead of time to ask us. Although it is not necessary to prepare extremely young children in advance of a dental appointment, you may want to discuss the first visit with an older child. If your child experiences anxiety about seeing us, try to ease their worries by reading books about dentists or watching television shows to help to visualise what the visit will be like.
** Excellent child friendly ‘dentistʼ stories include ‘ABC Dentistʼ by Harriet Ziefert, ‘Maisy, Charley and the Wobbly Toothʼ by Lucy Cousins and ‘The Tooth Fairy (Peppa Pig)ʼ published by Ladybird Books.
During the first visit, we will typically educate parents on gum and tooth care for babies. We will examine the teeth in the form of counting their teeth; and age dependent, we may or may not clean their teeth. You may also discuss pacifier use and how proper nutrition helps to maintain healthy teeth. We will demonstrate brushing techniques for parents so that they are able to knowledgeably assist young children with oral care.
You are free to ask questions anytime during the appointment. Setting a precedent for dental appointments at an early age helps children to become accustomed to a proper oral care routine.
Despite your best efforts, it is not uncommon for young children to cry, whine or wriggle during an appointment due to the unfamiliar environment and/or anxiety. Stay calm and take direction from us, trusting that our team is accustomed to working with all manner of children.

Our Baby-To-Child Dental Checklist

Some babies are born with neonatal teeth (teeth that develop in the first month) that require dental hygiene or a visit to the dentist for their removal. At least one baby tooth erupts by six months of age. And, yes, it requires cleaning. From six months to 24 months, children begin teething in earnest, indicated by irritability, biting on objects, drooling and ear pulling. As a parent, you can help teething progress by using strategies such as massaging your childʼs gums, offering a chilled teething ring or cold, wet washcloth and asking your dentist for a teething ointment recommendation.
By three years of age, most if not all baby teeth have erupted. Soon after four years, spaces for permanent teeth begin to appear as the jaw, supporting bone structure and facial bones begin to grow.

Oral Health Care Necessities For Children & Infants

Hereʼs a list of dental care necessities from birth on up:

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