The first clinic visit is an important one, as it can influence how your child feels about dental visits and dental care. At Tooth Town, we will help your child to get familiar with the clinic, and explain our procedures to him/her using easy words.
As many children require time to adjust and familiarise themselves with a new environment, an infant’s first visit is usually a simple knee-to-knee exam to count the teeth, check for decay and proper eruption, and look at the structure of the mouth. We will also check the gums and surrounding tissues to identify any potential problems. Typically, treatment will only be carried out on the first visit if there is a need for emergency care to reduce pain or infection.
Our paediatric professionals are prepared to do everything possible to make your child’s first visit an enjoyable experience. We always try to involve parents by having them assist in the knee-to-knee exam. This partnership sends the message to your child that dental care is important. If any areas of concern are identified, we will explain these concerns, and ensure that your child gets the care they deserve. This is also a great opportunity for us to answer any questions you may have. We can also provide advice on how to care for the teeth and get your child off to a cavity-free childhood.
What can I do to prepare my child for a first dental clinic visit?
There are a few simple tips you can do to prepare your child for the first dental visit:
- Explain to your child that the dentist is a special doctor who looks after teeth and makes sure they stay strong and healthy.
- Be relaxed. Children pick up on a parent’s anxiety. Present the dental visit as a positive experience.
- Avoid trying to reassure your child by using phrases such as “it won’t hurt” or “there’s nothing to be afraid of.” These kinds of comments can introduce ideas of fear where none existed previously.
- Don’t allow others to relay their negative feelings about dentists to your child