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Your child’s first dental visit

“If you take your child to the dentist to check for cavities, the child likely won't get them. If you take them just for emergency, that's all they're gonna get.” -B. Cosby

 

The best dental protection for children is prevention. A relationship of trust among parent, child and dentist should start at an early age. It is recommended that the child’s first visit to the dentist takes place between 1-2 years of age. It is essential that the first visit of a kid to the dentist is not associated with pain but is rather a friendly initiation visit. The goal of the first visit is to expose the child to the dental environment and to get to know our paediatric dentist and personnel. We want children to feel comfortable about receiving dental care and encourage you and your child to ask questions or discuss any concerns with us.

 

At the next appointments a thorough dental examination will be completed by our specialised dentists and may include the following:

  • Evaluation of medical and dental history, and oral hygiene instructions and information about prevention of early childhood decay, gum disease (gingivitis), parafunctional habits (thumb sucking), eating habits and other dental concerns
  • A thorough clinical examination of the teeth and gums, plus orthodontic examination for early detection of skeletal abnormalities or severe crowding
  • Cleaning and polishing of teeth and dental fluoridation
  • Preventive tooth sealants on milk teeth or permanent if necessary
  • Dental radiographs (x-rays) will be done only in cases where a radiographic exam is indicated
  • Treatment planning according to findings and patient needs.