Your Toddler’s First Visit To The Dentist

Jul 26 2020

Has your toddlers first tooth begun to grow? It is time for a check-up with the paediatric dentist! Just like adult check-ups, it is even more important for kids to visit the dentist. This is so that nothing impacts the development of their mouth and to ensure the growth of a dazzling smile. The first dental visit is recommended at 12 months of age or as soon as their first tooth appears above the gum. Whilst it might seem soon, the earlier your toddler visits the dentist the better for their oral health.

For a young toddler, it can be difficult for them to be accustomed to something new. It is likely that they’ll become uncomfortable upon their visit. Although, this is nothing to worry about and is completely natural. The dentist will always be aware that it is your child’s first visit and will pull out all the necessary steps to make the visit as comfortable as possible.

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What Will Happen At The Check-Up?

The first appointment for your toddler will be short. It should be treated as a meet-and-greet and a fast check of your child’s oral health. The dentist will always make sure the environment and atmosphere are fun and comfortable.  That way, the check-up will be short and sweet!

The dentist will check for decay and take a look at the jaw, gums and bite.  If your child is nervous or agitated, notify the dentist as early as possible so that special care can be provided.

Once the check-up is complete, the dentist will talk to you about your toddler’s oral health habits and give you the opportunity for you to ask any questions about any toddler habits such as thumb-sucking and teething. If you have further questions for the dentist, bring it to your dentist’s attention.

Overcome Fear Of The Dentist

Dental anxiety is common for young people. It is important as a parent that you alleviate anxiety as best as you can during the appointment. Follow the tips below or read more here.

  • Use Soft Tone – Explain to your child why going to the dentist is important for their teeth. Speak to them in soft tone language so they can understand it. Express it in a happy positive way.
  • Be Relaxed – The stress you feel and show will rub off on your child, making them even more anxious, especially if your toddler is sensitive. Be cheerful and be calm at all times even if your child is not.
  • Offer Distractions – Bring your child’s favourite toy with them to keep them occupied on your way to the dentist and during the appointment. This will help them stay relaxed and focused on the toy whilst the dentist performs the check-up.

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Ensure that your child’s next appointment at the dentist is in the next six months. If you feel your child isn’t ready for a check-up, you can always contact one of our Springvale dentists for advice to prepare them for an appointment whilst you keep oral hygiene fun at home. Contact us here to book or seek further advice.