We are committed to the promotion of good dental health and the education of all patients to help them achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for life. We want to make sure your child’s first dental visit for children is a happy one!
What to do at home?
Before the first dental visit for children, give them an idea what to expect by talking about it in words that they understand – and that won’t terrify them.
Telling them the dentist will “count” or “look at” their teeth is sure to work better than hinting they have a mouthful of decay to be drilled out. Avoid adding “and it’s not going to hurt,” Paediatric dentists don’t like those statements because it proposes the possibility of something in the office hurting, and that only contributes to anxiety.
Few days before their first visit, play “dentist” and count your child’s teeth as if you were the dentist. If your child gets used to someone checking their teeth at home, it becomes second nature at the dentist and loses some of the fear factor!
What happens at a dental check-up?
The dentist and friendly dental assistant will introduce themselves and ask if you have any specific concerns or issues with your child’s teeth, gums or smile.
Next they will gently recline the chair and assess the current condition of your child’s teeth and gums. We have TVs mounted to the ceiling for your child’s enjoyment during the check -up!
Your dentist may offer a scale and clean to remove tartar build-ups. Also, a professionally applied fluoride application will assist in reduction of dental decay and decrease the sensitivity of your child’s teeth.
The dentist may request that digital dental x-rays be taken during the check-up, this will be discussed with you on the day. For more extensive treatment planning, such as orthodontic work (braces), your dentist may obtain study models of upper and lower teeth and/or digital photographs of your child’s face and teeth.
First Dental Visit for Children
All treatments at About Smiles Kids are carried out using state-of-the-art equipment in modern, friendly facilities which offer the convenience of extended opening hours. Our Sterilisation and infection control practices are subject to the highest quality standards for the health and safety of patients, employees and practitioners.
Would you like to book an appointment for your child? Call our clinic in Chatswood.