Childhood has been identified as the most important period in a person’s ‘dental life’. We have found that even when children have been to the dentist before, they often do not know what to expect when they come to see us. We encourage parents to bring their children “to the dentist” age 3 upwards so they become familiar with us, our staff and our Dental practice. The worst scenario is when the child’s 1st visit is due to pain or trauma, leaving the child “ scared of dentists for life.
On the first and all subsequent visits we aim to provide children with full information about the visit, to help them overcome their anxieties. We firmly believe that our empathy and patience prepares the child to enter adulthood with a positive attitude towards dental health.
Ideally, the first visit should be used to meet your child, to give them a ride in the chair, and to make a simple examination. We may talk to them about brushing their teeth and the type of foods to eat.
During subsequent visits, as well as focusing on general dental health, we look for signs of mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, early decay.
It is important that a child visits the dentist at ages 6, 10 and 12 when back teeth are erupting into the mouth. During these visits we check the natural pits and grooves (fissures) are not too deep and decaying. If so we can seal the fissure to prevent decay.