October 23, 2021
Choosing the right dentist.
Children should start seeing a dentist from the age of about 12-18 months of age or whenever they start to show teeth erupting. This is a recommendation based on guidelines by most of the dental authorities around the world.
Creating a positive first visit to the dentist starts at home. There are some things which you as a parent should be mindful of when preparing your child for the first visit.
The dental team are very good at dealing with the child and family with the very first visit. The first greeting is the most important aspect of the visit. At ProCare Family Dental we try to make the first point of contact with as little fuss as possible. When the child is very young, 12 months or less, we would do a knee to knee examination. This involves the child laying down on the laps of both parent and dentist. The child’s head on the dentist lap facing the parent.
Figure 1. Knee to knee examination. Shows position of parent and clinician examining child. Courtesy of hellosmile.
The aim of the first visit is to allow the child to develop a level of familiarity with the dental team and surroundings. We will have a look in the mouth at the soft tissues and teeth. Spend a lot of time speaking to the parent after the examination about preventative measures against dental disease and what to do if they happen to knock their teeth.
The very first dental visit should be fun and painless for both child and parent!