A child's first visit to the dentist is an important milestone. Just as your child sees their paediatrician for "Well baby checks" so should they see the dentist for evaluation of growth of their jaws, face and teeth starting at age one.
Studies show that about 20% of 18 month olds have decay. If this decay is caught early it is much easier to repair and avoids pain for your child. If a small cavity is found early it can be repaired easily.
Start out by being excited with your child about their first dental visit as a sign of growing up. If you have fears of dentistry do not share them with your child either by talking negatively about dental experiences or overcompensating by reassuring too much that "everything will be OK. This makes them think, "Why all the reassurance? This must be really bad!"
Don't make promises about what is going to happen other than to say that the dentist will look at your teeth and count them. Do not promise trips to McDonalds, Toys R us, or others rewards as this causes children to say to themselves, " This must be pretty bad if I get a reward like that." We will reward your child and you can encourage the child to be proud of themselves for doing such a grown up thing as to take care of themselves. If you choose to give a reward, make it a surprise afterward.
In this practice, we are specially trained to use a technique called "Tell-Show-Do".
First, we explain to the child what we are about to do. We ask them simple questions that keep your children assured that our procedures will not hurt them in anyway.
next, we show the child how we are going to proceed by using models and actual tools we use during their procedure.
finally, we proceed exactly as we described earlier. We always ask your children how they are doing and are aware if they are uncomfortable during their dental procedure. Good behavior is backed up by positive reinforcement. Too much information before the appointment can conflict with the Tell-Show-Do method, confusing the child. Please contact our office so that we can be of more assistance. Our goal is to provide the best dental care for your children with any discomfort.
We will explain everything that we are doing to decrease children's anxiety. Younger children, however, will still be likely to cry or seem upset by a simple tooth cleaning. Do not let this worry you. It simply means that they are not yet comfortable with their new role as a patient. This will develop with time and repeated visits.
Children sort out their feelings through play. Don't be surprised if before or after their visit they "Play dentist" for a while. This is healthy and you might want to join them in playing. This will show your support.
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FREE FLUORIDE TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN
When all of your child's primary teeth have come in (usually around age 2½) we will start applying topical fluoride. Fluoride hardens the tooth enamel, helping to ward off the most common childhood oral disease, dental caries, or cavities. Cavities are caused by bacteria and food that are left on the teeth after eating. When these are not brushed away, acid collects on a tooth, softening its enamel until a hole — or cavity — forms. Regular use of fluoride toughens the enamel, making it more difficult for acid to penetrate.