A Lifetime Of Smiles Starts With A Good Foundation
Provide your children with a strong beginning in cultivating positive oral hygiene practices, and keep track of their development as they mature into their radiant smiles. We comprehend the mixture of challenges and joys that come with family care, and we recognize that children require unique attention. Nurturing a healthy smile holds significant importance during childhood, so let’s initiate them on the correct journey by offering tailored guidance that suits their individual requirements.
Getting Ready For Your First Appointment
You’re welcome to have a conversation with your child regarding the upcoming dentist appointment. The primary goal of their initial visit is to create a comfortable environment, enjoy themselves, and establish a positive rapport with the dentist. It’s common for some people to feel a bit anxious when they’re unsure about what to anticipate.
Here’s what your child can look forward to during their first appointment:
Talk and Listen
We’ll engage in a conversation with both you and your child, outlining our procedures and their reasons, while also acquainting your child with some of the instruments we employ. Our communication is tailored to kids, and we’ll clarify any unfamiliar terms, ensuring they feel at ease and confident. As you can see, there’s no need to find us intimidating.
We’ll conduct a gentle assessment of your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall well-being. This examination will identify any potential areas of concern or areas that require additional care at home. We’ll offer you customized advice and take note to focus on those specific areas during the upcoming appointment.
Your child might be invited to demonstrate their tooth-brushing technique, after which we’ll provide gentle guidance on enhancing their dental care routine at home. We’re more than happy to address any inquiries you or your child might have concerning dental health.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your child’s initial teeth will typically begin to emerge around 6 months of age. It’s advised that children have their first dental visit by the time they reach 1 year old or within 6 months of their first tooth emerging. If you suspect any issues, discomfort, or pain in your child, please schedule an appointment promptly. It’s never too late for a child to have their inaugural dental examination.
The significance of baby teeth is on par with that of adult teeth. It’s essential for parents to recognize that baby teeth have a broader role than merely preserving space for permanent teeth in the jaw. The condition of children’s teeth can have lasting effects on their facial appearance, their smiles, and the frequency of their smiles. Children who can cultivate self-assurance and exhibit big smiles during their early years are more likely to maintain these habits. Dental discomfort, even if it’s mild and becomes normalized by children, can leave a lasting adverse impact on their eating behaviours. This includes how they chew, their food preferences, and their overall food intake.
The length of the appointment will depend on the needs of the child and how cooperative they’re feeling during the exam. That being said, an appointment typically lasts about one hour.
Following the initial visit, it’s advisable for your child to maintain a dental schedule aligned with your own. We suggest a checkup and cleaning every 6 months, unless otherwise directed. However, if your child experiences tooth or jaw discomfort, frequently rubs or nurses their jaw, or avoids consuming hard or cold foods, we recommend arranging an appointment sooner.
Your oral cavity encompasses more than just teeth – it’s a complete system consisting of teeth, tongue, gums, cheeks, glands, ligaments, joints, bone, and various other components. When any element of your oral well-being is compromised, it affects your entire mouth. Swollen, itchy, sore, or bleeding gums can serve as an initial signal of potentially more significant underlying issues.