Your Child’s First Visits
For Infants and Very Young Children (Age <2 years)
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that a child should have their first visit with a dentist by their first birthday or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting. If your child is over age 1 and still does not have any teeth, it is still recommended to have your child examined. When your child is young, these dental visits are usually short and done with the help of a parent; we ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination of their teeth and gums. At this visit, we will also ask questions with respect to current oral hygiene habits and other pertinent information with respect to your child’s oral health.
For Toddlers and Preschool Aged Children (Ages 2+ years)
Once your child is comfortable being at the dental office, we will start encouraging them to sit in the dental chair by themselves for their check-ups. We will begin to introduce some of the tools we use to clean teeth and squirt water and encourage familiarity with these tools. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums using a mirror. At a certain age (this varies for every child), x-rays may be taken to screen for cavities and check on the growth and development of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay/cavities. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
If you have additional questions regarding your child and dental visits, or to make an appointment, please use our Request an Appointment form or call our office: Duncan BC Dental Office Phone Number 250-746-6533.
What Should I Tell My Child About The First Dental Visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you. We understand that children can be apprehensive about new places and experiences, but at Hilltop Dental our friendly team will introduce your child to the environment in an interactive and fun way to boost your child’s confidence at the office.
Here are some first visit tips:
Read books with them about going to the dentist.
Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
During your first visit the dentist/hygienist will:
Examine your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Check to see if you may benefit from fluoride, and discuss the benefits of treatment.
Teach you about cleaning your teeth and gums.
Recommend a schedule for regular dental visits.
For extensive dental treatment for children under 12 years of age, we now have access to a local children’s dentist.
Dr. Felicity Hardwick is now available a few times a month in Duncan for children requiring special care. She can be contacted if needed at the following:
Email: [email protected]
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.