The first visit of your child
Ideally, the first appointment to the dentist should take place around the age of two years.
During this first visit, the dentist and hygienist will ensure creating a bond of trust with the child and conduct oral examination and cleaning. They will also benefit you to teach brushing techniques and using dental floss.
Nearly 50% of patients dread visits to the dentist. To avoid transmitting your insecurity to your child, it is essential to adopt a positive attitude, taking care to explain the conduct of the first meeting. Your cooperation is important before, during and after the visit.
Before the first visit
- There are many books that tell the story of a character who lives his first experience at the dentist. We suggest you choose one and make reading to your child a few days before his first appointment to reassure him.
- In addition, try to summarize the steps of the visit before the first appointment.
- Never tell the child that he will feel no discomfort / pain during the examination or cleaning.
During the visit
- Occasionally, it happens that we ask accompanying sit on the chair and holding a child in her lap during the exam.
- To the older children, it may be asked to return to the waiting room after the initial contact.
- Listen carefully to the instructions and suggestions on oral care for your children and keep a positive attitude at the meeting.
- Get used to fix an appointment every six months.
After the visit
- Make sure your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day or after every meal, especially not forgetting to floss before bedtime.
- Monitor your child’s diet and offer to low acid foods and unsweetened.
- Until the age of 10, make sure your child brushes his teeth before bed.