Braeside Dental prides itself on being a family practice. One of the things I love most about working here is seeing children as young as 12-36 months for their first visit. We refer to a child’s first appointment as the “happy visit”, an important moment that begins the relationship between child and dentist that lasts for the rest of their lives. Consequently, we want their first visit to be as comfortable and non-threatening as possible, ensuring a great start for their future.
The assistant and doctor will introduce themselves at the first appointment. It’s always a joy to see new smiles and faces. The dental chair is so big we usually have the little one sit on Mom or Dad’s lap. It’s always fun to give them both a little ride in the chair, showing them how the chair goes up and down. We also show them the mouth mirror and tooth counter, taking away some of the unknown. Since we always wear gloves and masks in the operatory, we make sure to explain the reasoning behind it (limit the spread of germs), and that the child has already been introduced to us. This way, the whole experience is less frightening and a lot more comfortable. Televisions are also a good distraction, for both the young and old. I must say that Tree House is usually a big hit.
The dental office can be a confusing place for the little ones. There is always something going on and there are lots of new sights and sounds. We try to make it fun. The child will usually lie on Mom or Dad’s lap, head facing the doctor. Depending how the visit is going, the dentist will take a look in the mouth, taking note of the teeth and soft tissue state.
This is also a very important appointment for Mom and Dad. If you have any questions about your child’s teeth, don’t be afraid to ask. When the happy visit is completed, we will have a goodie bag ready with a toothbrush and floss. If they have been a good patient, they also get to pick a prize. Who doesn’t like the sound of that? We want everyone to leave with a smile on their face.
Important dental care tips for your toddler:
- It is most important to brush your teeth well twice per day, especially before going to bed at night.
- Mom and Dad should help their child with brushing.
- It is best not to use a fluoridated toothpaste until the child can spit properly, ensuring they don’t swallow any of it.
- Remember that fruit and fruit juice have a lot of natural sugar.
- Regular check ups and cleanings pave the path to a healthy future.
- Baby teeth are extremely important, as they hold space for the permanent teeth.
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