What You Need To Know About Your Child's First Dental Visit
Parents want their children to grow up with healthy smiles, but many don’t realize the importance of bringing them in for regular dental visits.
To prevent cavities and other oral health issues from developing, you must schedule your child’s first dental visit when that first tooth comes in.
At Maylands Dental Centre, we offer comprehensive family dental services explicitly designed to keep your little ones smiling throughout every stage of childhood. From general exams and cleanings to cavity prevention and restorative treatments, our team will ensure your child has a healthy smile they can be proud of. We also make sure you have all the information you need to know about how best to care for your child’s teeth at home, so they can continue to stay strong into adulthood.
Give your child a healthy mouth they will cherish for a lifetime. Call us today at 08 9370 5464
What to Expect During Your Child's First Dental Visit
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Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that the initial visit is exciting but also intimidating at times. Preparing your child for their first dental visit is essential to providing a positive first impression. That is why we have created a checklist of measures to help ease your worry and guarantee your child has a wonderful first dentist visit.
- Get excited:
Always speak positively about the dentist and avoid making any nasty remarks. Avoid using statements such as “don’t be afraid” or “it won’t hurt,” as these can often have a negative effect and contribute to first-visit nervousness. Moreover, utilizing straightforward terminology can be beneficial. Rather than using practical terms such as “x-rays” or “machines,” you might use terms such as “healthy teeth” or “fun chair.” This allows you to use language that your child is already familiar with, reassuring them of what will occur.
- Take a tour of the dentist’s office:
Another incredible technique to demonstrate what will occur is to give them a tour of the dental office before their initial visit. This visit lets children become familiar with the office’s sights and sounds. This also helps children meet the staff and play in the waiting room, ensuring a pleasant stay.
- Schedule appointments wisely:
Appointment scheduling is essential. We recommend scheduling the visit during a time when they are usually cheerful. This could be following a snooze or a meal. When children are hungry or exhausted, they are more likely to be uncooperative, which could compromise their consultation appointment.
- Dental-themed activities:
Every child has a favorite character that they enjoy watching or reading about! This is an excellent resource for assisting your child in preparing for the dentist. Research their favorite figure and develop an activity that requires them to see the dentist or wash their baby teeth. Seeing their favorite figure engaged can help pique their interest in their next visit.
- Pretend to be a dentist at home:
Practice is the best way to prepare for everything. This is why role-playing as a dentist at home before visiting the dentist can be beneficial. You can use your child’s toothbrush and have them sit in a chair while you brush their delicate teeth. You can simulate brushing and counting their teeth while teaching the importance of an oral care routine.
- Items of convenience:
Is there a favorite toy or stuffed animal in your child’s collection? Then bring it along! Having their furry companions accompany them on this new adventure can assist in maintaining their calm and ensure their comfort. Always have a backup buddy in case one isn’t enough.
Provide a little reward that will catch their interest! Rewarding them for a well-behaved and successful visit will motivate kids to act appropriately. They will be more motivated to remain calm and focused the next dental visit because they will anticipate receiving a reward after the conclusion.
Here are some points to remember when choosing the right dentist for your child:
Certification and accreditation: Please remember that the dentist you select to look after your child’s dental health should have finished a dentistry course at a recognized institution.
Active license to practice: The dentist should have a license permitting them to practice dentistry in your state. The state board approves and issues professional dental licenses. Typically, dentists’ credentials and licenses are displayed in the dental clinic’s welcome area.
Effective behaviour management capabilities: It is well established that children with medical history like ASD have impaired communication and social skills. You’ll want to find a professional staff who is skilled in behaviour management. A dentist who greets your child with a wide, friendly smile is an excellent place to start. Dentists are specially taught to communicate dynamically through dialogue, facial expressions, and tone of voice.
Convenient location: Consider the distance you and your child traveled to the dentist. It is preferable if the dental clinic is close to your home or neighbourhood. Thus, before the child’s dental appointment date, you may always point out the dental clinic to your child whenever you pass it, and perhaps even take a quick tour if the staff permits. Also, longer distances prolong your child’s worry, which might result in temper tantrums.
Acquainted with all applicable procedures and upgrades: Your dentist of choice should be aware of the various techniques used to treat children, both primary and complex. They should be capable of performing dental routine treatment on your child while also being well-informed and skilled when asked to perform the more complex treatment.
Inquire: Do not forget to consult your family and friends. They may be able to recommend reputable dentists.
A well-equipped dental clinic: Another crucial point to consider is whether or not the dental clinic where dental practices are adequately equipped.
Early assessment involves visiting a dentist at a young age to understand potential issues that would develop with children’s teeth. In Western Australia, the average dental cost for your child’s initial visit can be around $166.