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Children’s dental health: Setting the foundation

It’s easy to assume that your child won’t need to see a dentist until they have a full set of teeth, but it’s important to remember that dentistry isn’t just about teeth. It’s about the whole mouth, including lips and gums, because a child’s dental health can affect their speech, jaw development, and overall well-being.  So when should your child see a dentist?

When should my child first go to the dentist?

Children should go to the dentist when their first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old, whichever comes first. And, of course, if you have any concerns about your child’s dental health, before either of these milestones, contact us to book an appointment. Early intervention and preventive care are key to ensuring a lifetime of good oral health.

What to expect at your child’s first dentist appointment 

Your child’s first trip to the dentist is all about building trust and creating a healthy relationship. Our gentle and compassionate staff will introduce themselves, explain what will happen during the visit, and address any questions or concerns you may have. 

Once your child feels comfortable, our dentist will conduct a thorough examination of their mouth and overall oral health. This includes assessing the development of their teeth, gums and oral structures. We will also review your child’s medical history and discuss any factors that may impact their dental health. 

At Gosford Family Dentist, we believe that education is key to maintaining good oral hygiene habits. During this first visit, we’ll take the time to discuss proper oral care techniques, dietary recommendations and strategies for preventing common dental issues, giving you the knowledge to support your child’s dental health at home.

At the end of the visit, we’ll create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs and circumstances. Whether it’s scheduling regular check-ups, addressing potential dental issues or implementing preventative measures, we’ll work with you to ensure your child receives the highest standard of care. 

Tips for dental appointments with your child

At Gosford Family Dentist, we strive to create a comfortable, upbeat, and stress-free environment for children of all ages. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider before your child’s first dental visit:

Don’t Bribe Your Child: Avoid using bribery to persuade your child into cooperating at the dentist. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Don’t Use Fear Tactics: Refrain from telling your child that the dental appointment will hurt them. Maintain a positive attitude and emphasise the importance of dental care for their overall health and well-being.

Do Share Positive Experiences: Speak positively about your own dental experiences,when you were young. By talking about dental visits in a positive light, you can help reduce any concerns your child may have.

Do Familiarise Your Child: Take your child with you to your own dental check-ups so they can become familiar with the environment and procedures. This can help reduce anxiety and build trust.

Do Schedule Early Appointments: Try to schedule your child’s dental appointments earlier in the day when they are less likely to be tired or cranky. A well-rested child is more likely to cooperate and have a positive experience.

Do Follow Up with Fun Activities: After the dental appointment, engage your child in enjoyable activities to reinforce positive associations with the dentist. Whether it’s a visit to the park or a playdate with friends, ending the day on a high note can make future visits more appealing.

By following these simple guidelines and encouraging a positive dental experience from an early age, you can help ensure that your child develops healthy oral habits that last a lifetime.

Book your child’s next appointment with Gosford Family Dentist 

Our dedicated team of professional dentists are here to provide professional and quality care for your child. Reach out to our friendly staff today on 4325 3221 or enquire online to find out more.

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