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 affects your child’s speech, jaw development, and overall health.
During your child’s first dental appointment, your dentist will take a full medical history and look at health and development factors that may affect your child’s overall mouth health.
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 at any point before either of these milestones, contact us to book an appointment.
Do’s and don’ts of dental appointments for your child
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is important, and not just because it can identify any existing or future concerns about their dental health.
Your child’s first dental appointment can set the pattern for future visits and their attitude towards dental care for many years to come.
With that in mind, Gosford Family Dentist fosters a comfortable, upbeat, and stress-free environment for children of all ages, and offers a few do’s and don’ts:
- don’t bribe your child.
- don’t tell them that it will (or will not) hurt, or use a dental appointment as a punishment or a threat.
- do make sure you only say positive things about your own dental experiences because what your child hears can influence how they feel about the dentist.
- do try and take your child with you when you have a check-up so that they can see what happens.
- do try making your child’s dental appointments earlier in the day so they aren’t tired.
- do try to follow their appointment with fun activities, like a visit to the park or having a friend over to play.