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First visit

Your Child’s first visit to the Dentist

We recommend that your child be seen by a dentist before they are 18 months of age. During your child’s first visit, the dentist and hygienist will do their possible to make your child feel comfortable and establish rapport. During the exam, we will check all the existing teeth as well as clean them. We will then go over together proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Studies show that half the population is apprehensive when going to the dentist. Please take care to avoid expressing or showing this to your child. Reassuring communication with your child is essential to build your child’s trust in the dentist and the dental office. Your full cooperation is very important before, during and after their first visit.

Before the first visit

  • Many children’s books portray a first visit to the dentist. Read your child an inspiring and reassuring story.
  • Explain to your child what will happen during their first visit.
  • The day before the first visit, go over the different steps of the appointment.

During the first visit

  • You may be asked to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the exam.
  • If your child is older we may only need you for the first few minutes to help establish rapport.
  • It is essential that you take note of all the suggestions and instructions we give your child.
  • Please maintain a positive attitude towards our team as well as your child throughout the visit.

After the first visit

  • Check that your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day or after every meal.
  • Floss your child’s teeth every day.
  • Pay attention to your child’s diet and choose healthy foods low in sugar.
  • Brush your child’s teeth every evening until they are 10 years old.