Your Child’s First Appointment

Your Child’s First Appointment

Is your child ready for the first visit?

The child’s first dental appointment will depend a lot on their behavior. Unless they have a dental problem (pain, apparent tooth decay, abundant tartar, broken tooth, etc), the first dental exam and cleaning should generally take place between the ages of 1 and 3.

During this first visit, the dentist and the dental hygienist will make sure to establish a relationship of trust and confidence with your child.

When scheduling an appointment, choose a time when your children are normally well-rested and in a good mood, ideally in the morning.

Prepare your pre-school or school aged child by giving them a general idea of what they can expect during their appointment. Explain to them why it is so important to go to the dentist and stimulate their enthusiasm and curiosity. Avoid giving too many details that could scare them.

The first visit is primarily used to prevent tooth decay in early childhood, which is seen both in breastfed and bottle-fed babies. The dentist will take advantage of the visit to advise parents about their child’s nutrition and oral hygiene.

The dentist will also review the oral habits of the child (for example, tumb-sucking). If there is a concern regarding tumb-sucking, the risk of malocclusion (abnormal contact between upper and lower teeth) will be explained to you.

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