A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
A child’s first visit to the dentist should happen at a younger age, paediatric dentists recommend taking him or her within 6 months of the first tooth coming in (erupting), or by about 12 months at the latest.
How to prepare your child for a first visit to a dentist?
If possible, schedule morning appointments so young children are alert and fresh.
- Talk you your child about first visit to the dentist in a positive manner.
We recommend talking to your child about their dental visit in a fun and exciting manner prior to the appointment.
Prepare a preschooler or older child for the visit by giving him or her a general idea of what to expect. Explain why it is important to go to the dentist. Build excitement and understanding.
You could also talk to your child about the fun games in the Happy Kids Dental waiting area and show pictures online so he/she is familiar with the setting.
- Read useful books to talk about going to the dentist
Reading books to your child about going to the dentist and brushing teeth will be very helpful. There are a number of books which can help prepare children for their first trip to the dentist. Read more about helpful books here.
- Watch fun cartoons to prepare your child for the first visit to the dentist
Fun cartoons can help prepare your child for his/her first visit to the dentist. Check out the list here.
- Try spending some time doing some colouring with Happy Kids Dental colouring book
We have a fun and engaging colouring book for children, that you can show your child and talk about Happy Kids Dental. Download it here.
What to expect from your first visit to Happy Kids Dental
The first visit to Happy Kids Dental dentists starts with an initial examination. The appointment lasts for 30-45 minutes.
During an Initial Examination at Happy Kids Dental, you will get:
- Comprehensive examination with Carestream Intraoral Camera and DiagnoCam
Full caries risk assessment and report of your child’s oral health
- Full exam of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues to check growth and development. An assessment how your child’s dental age corresponds to their chronological age
- Diet and nutritional counselling
- Our dentist will show you and your child proper home cleaning such as flossing, and advise you on the need for fluoride.
- Oral hygiene evaluation
- Formulation of detailed treatment plan and cost estimate
- Discussion of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, plus ADHD and its effect on oral health
Just like adults, children should see the dentist every 6 months. Sometimes we may recommend more frequent visits, such as every 3 months. This can build comfort and confidence in the child. More frequent visits can also help keep an eye on a development problem.
Prepare yourself for the first visit to the dentist
At the first visit, give the dentist your child’s complete health history. For a restoration visit, such as getting a cavity filled, tell the dentist if your child tends to be fearful, stubborn or anxious in other situations.
Remember to prepare yourself. Be honest with your own view of the dentist. If you have dental anxieties, be careful not to relate those fears or dislikes to your child. It is best to stay calm and use positive words about dental visits, before and during the visit to the dentist. Because children can pick-up their parents’ anxieties and become anxious.
Get ready to discuss your questions and concerns with the dentist. Our dentists will be happy to discuss with you some specific questions, such as: pacifier habits of your child, finger-sucking habits, teething, mouth cleaning, infant feeding practices (if you child is under 3 years old), baby bottle teeth decay. It is best if you could write all your questions in advance, to ensure that we cover everything during the visit.