Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
It is strongly suggested that the first visit to the dentist takes place within 6 months following the eruption of the first tooth. This means your child should visit us around one year of age. That being said, it is better to come and meet us when your child is able to cooperate.
During the first appointment, the dentist and dental hygienist will try and put your child at ease, examine and clean his teeth, and review brushing and flossing techniques with you.
It is estimated that 50% of the population is afraid of dentists. It is important for parents not to transmit this fear to their children. Do not minimize your kid’s fears and bear with him. Information and positivity will reassure your child and help shape his attitude for future dental visits.
Your collaboration is important before, during and after the visit. The first visit’s goal is to familiarize the child with the dental environment and create bonds of trust with the dentist.
Before the first visit
- Read your child one of the many books featuring a character who visits the dentist for the first time.
- Explain what the dentist will do.
- Go over the steps of the visit the day before the appointment.
- Never tell a child that going to the dentist will be painless.
During the visit
- You may be asked to sit in the dentist’s chair and hold your child during the examination.
- If your child is older, you may be asked to return to the waiting room once the initial contact is made.
- Listen to the instructions and suggestions you are given on how to care for your child’s teeth.
- Keep a positive attitude about the consultation at all times.
- Ask for another appointment in six months.
After the visit
- Make sure that your child brushes her teeth at least twice a day or after every meal.
- Floss your child’s teeth once a day.
- Monitor what your child eats and offer foods that have a low sugar content.
- Till the age of 10, make sure your child brushes his teeth before bed time.