It is recommended to make an appointment for your child at the age of 3.
The first visit
During this first visit, the dentist and the dental hygienist will make sure to establish a positive relationship with your child and will take the necessary time to examine his/her teeth, do a cleaning, and review with you the proper brushing and flossing techniques.
About 50% of the population experiences some fear of dental treatments. It is important to avoid passing on this fear to your child. Information and a positive attitude will reassure him/her and ensure a positive experience. Your collaboration is important before, during and after the visit.
Before the first visit
- There are several books available about first visits to the dentist. Take the time to read one to your child.
- Do not put too much emphasis on this first visit, this could put doubts in the child’s mind.
- Never tell the child: “It will not hurt.”
During the visit
- If needed, you may be asked to sit on the dentist’s chair and hold your child on you during the exam.
- For older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room after the first contact has been made.
- Listen carefully to the instructions and suggestions you are given.
- At all times, it is important to have a positive attitude about the meeting.
- Take the next appointment in six months.
After the visit
- Make sure your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day or after each meal.
- Floss for them once a day.
- Watch your child’s diet and suggest foods that do not contain too much sugar.