• When Should My Child First See The Dentist?

    It’s easy to assume that until your child has a full set of teeth that there is no need to see the Dentist.

    The reality is dentistry isn’t just about teeth! It’s about gums, lips, and the inside of the mouth.

    At every visit, whether it is for you or your child, your Dentist will be checking the entire mouth in their preventative checks, so it’s silly to wait too long between visits.

    When to take children to see the Dentist for the first time

    As a general rule of thumb it is time for a first dental visit when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible, or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first.

    If you notice anything you think is out of the ordinary before this time it’s better to be safe than sorry, so book an appointment straight away.

    The earlier your child visits the Dentist the better. Early dental visits help detect and protect your child from tooth decay.

    What to expect at your child’s first dental visit

    Your little one might fuss during their first dental visit. This is the same as when they might fuss at a restaurant, or the hairdresser, or anywhere else where you’d rather they were quiet.

    Don’t worry, this is completely normal and the Dental Care Professionals team is trained to make sure your child is as comfortable and happy as possible during their first visit.

    It is a milestone in your life as a parent as well as theirs so take photos and write about the experience if you like.

    As parents it is your responsibility to use the first dental visit to become well informed about your child’s oral health.

    Your Dentist will take a full medical history and look at factors such as your child’s overall health and development. Your Dentist may discuss;

    • Teething
    • Brushing techniques
    • Bite (how your child’s teeth will come together)
    • Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks
    • Oral habits such as thumb sucking
    • Risk of decay and how to prevent it
    • Prevention of trauma to your child’s mouth
    • Nutritional advice

     

    Listen to this advice and follow it. Your Dentist has your child’s best interests at heart and wants to make sure that good habits are formed early.

    We look forward to caring for you and your child in their oral health journey.

    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the practice, please call 8232 3280.

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