Your Childs First Dental Visit
We’re here to help your child feel comfortable and relaxed at their first dental visit.
What To Expect At Your Childs First Dental Visit
Your child’s first dental visit is an essential milestone in their life.
Parents are often worried about how their children will react to the dentist, whether they’ll cooperate, and what to expect. It’s no wonder that many parents delay taking their kids to their first dental check-up.
We understand that the first dentist appointment can be scary, and we’re here to help you make your child’s experience as positive as possible. Our dentists at Piara Waters Dental have been helping families with children of all ages feel comfortable during visits. Your child will love our office because we take the time to get to know them personally before any procedures begin. Our staff will help you prepare your child in advance of their appointment by explaining what they can expect during each part of their visit and why they must come in regularly for check-ups.
Why Early Dental Visit Is Essential For Your Child's Oral Health
Prevention of dental illness
Tooth decay is just as serious for children as it is for adults. Even primary (baby) teeth require protection to act as guides for permanent teeth that will emerge in the future. We can monitor oral health and preventive measures such as topical fluoride application or sealants that are safe but still effective in preventing further damage from occurring.
Early detection of a poor bite (malocclusion) is the key to preventing it from becoming more complicated and expensive. Early intervention can help your child avoid wearing braces or receiving orthodontic treatment when they are young. We can take steps to minimise the effects of a developing malocclusion, such as inserting spacers to guide an emerging permanent tooth.
Support for Parents
The essential component of children's dental care is what happens every day at home. We can assist you in getting on the right track with proper brushing and flossing and provide you with nutritional advice on healthy eating habits that encourage nutrition and avoid disease. We'll also help you handle such problems as teething, thumb sucking, or tooth grinding in children.
Why Choose Piara Waters Dental As Your Child's First Dentist
First dental clinic visits should be made within six months after the child’s first tooth erupts or at 12 months of age. An initial dental appointment will usually last for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes. It is usual for this appointment to include a comprehensive examination of the teeth, jaws, bite, and gums to track growth and development.
Many parents are concerned about whether or how much their infant’s teeth should be cared for. While some people may claim that these teeth will fall out, providing your kids with excellent oral health is necessary. It is vital to care for baby teeth because they help your child chew food properly and speak clearly. The baby teeth are also essential for the correct eruption of the permanent teeth. The baby teeth are precursors to your child’s permanent teeth, as the permanent teeth develop within the jaw underneath the baby teeth.
The permanent tooth can come in crooked or misaligned if the baby tooth falls out too soon. It may require your child to wear braces for the other teeth to line up correctly when he is older. All of these problems stem from missing baby teeth.
Make Appointments Wisely: It’s critical to schedule the appointment ahead of time. You should schedule your appointment when they are in the best mood, as this will make getting through the task easier. It might be after a nap or after meals, for example. When children are hungry or exhausted, they are less likely to cooperate, which may affect their visit.
Explain the dentist visit briefly: Parents frequently over-talk the upcoming appointments to prepare their youngsters for future dentist visits. As you speak, the situation grows more serious. Let your child know only about the upcoming appointment and nothing else.
Be positive: If your child is scared of the dentist and is nervous about their first dental visit, reassure them that it’s natural and offer them much positive reinforcement by complimenting them on overcoming their anxieties and being brave. We’ve seen it all as dentists, so if your kid isn’t cooperative or cries during the visit, that’s completely normal, and you shouldn’t worry about it. Instead of dwelling on the negative, consider all that went well. Tell them how proud you are of everything that went well at the appointment and develop strategies to address the negative things.
Do not interfere: During medical office visits, many parents repeat the instructions given to their children by the dentist or add comments in various ways. However, hearing several voices distresses your child and prevents her from establishing a connection with her dentist.
Your child may sit on the dental chair or on your lap, depending on how comfortable or anxious your child is. The dentist will check their jaw, teeth, and gums for disorders, cavities, and other problems. The dentist will clean the child’s teeth and provide instructions on how to care for them properly. The dentist can answer any questions you might have at the end of the appointment.
Establishing an excellent example for dental visits at an early age can assist children in developing lifelong oral hygiene habits. By following these procedures and making the time to plan for your child’s first dental visit, you may encourage your youngster to enjoy the dental experience and anticipate future dental check-ups.
We recommend that you have X-rays done on your child at around two or three. Your child will be introduced to the process in the first series of pictures. X-rays are needed every year when the baby teeth in the back come into contact with each other. Your child’s permanent teeth begin to appear at about age 6, and X-rays are sometimes used to make sure that the teeth and jaw are healthy. We may recommend getting X-rays done earlier if your child is at a high risk of tooth decay or other dental issues.