Your child’s first trip to the dentist is an important milestone in their oral health journey. It’s a great opportunity for your child to establish a positive relationship with the dentist and learn about the importance of taking care of their teeth.
The first dental visit for your child should be around the age of 3 years old. By doing so, they get accustomed to the dental environment and are less likely to need treatment on their first visit.
It is important to check your child’s teeth when assisting their brushing – if there’s anything you notice that does not seem quite right, then it is important to organise your child’s first dental visit sooner.
Here’s what you can expect during your child’s first visit to the dentist:
Introduction and Discussion
The dentist will introduce themselves to your child and explain what they will be doing during the appointment. They may also discuss good oral hygiene practices and answer any questions you or your child may have.
The dentist will examine your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth to see if there is any decay, gum disease, or any other problems. They may also take X-rays of your child’s teeth and jaw in order to get a better look at their oral health – this is only done if the dentist notices something of concern (for example – a cavity).
When your child’s teeth are healthy, their dentist or dental hygienist will clean their teeth using a a rotary polishing cup and toothpaste. They may also use a dental scaler to ensure that any plaque or tartar build-up is removed from their teeth.
In order to strengthen your child’s teeth and help prevent them from decaying, the dentist may also apply a remineralisation agent (such as fluoride varnish, or tooth mousse).
Education and Recommendations
In order to ensure your child’s oral health is kept in good condition, the dentist will discuss with you and your child the proper ways to care for their teeth, such as brushing and flossing, and give recommendations based on your child’s specific needs at the end of the appointment.
Overall, the goal of your child’s first dental visit is to make them feel comfortable and help them establish a positive relationship with the dentist. By taking proper care of their teeth and visiting the dentist regularly, your child can maintain a healthy smile for years to come.
Choosing the right dentist for your child is the single most important aspect of ensuring a positive dental experience. You should look for paediatric dentists who have experience, are passionate about helping young children maintain good oral health, have excellent patient reviews, and prioritise the comfort of patients.
At Soothing Care Dental, we are the family Annadale dentist locals trust, and always treat our young patients with the utmost care and aim to ensure all children have an enjoyable first experience at the dentist! For more information call us on 02 8331 6699.