CHILDREN DENTISTRY

OVERVIEW

This is a field of dentistry dealing with children from birth through adolescence. Early examination of the child's mouth is important in the detection of early stages of tooth decay. Diet counselling and growth & development of the child’s teeth can be monitored by the dentist.

Scheduling Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Parents routinely ask “when should my child first see a dentist?” The short answer is 'First visit by first birthday.' That is the guideline of the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and is supported by your child’s paediatric physician and the American Academy of Paediatrics.

Preparing Your Child

Your role as parents is important in ensuring that your child has a pleasant first dental experience. Discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings about dental visits as being part of growing up and having a healthy smile.

Selection of words is extremely important when you are preparing your child. For example, instead of saying “the dentist will not hurt you” try “the dentist will be very gentle.” When you are describing treatment, please avoid using the words “needle, drill, grind, injection, extract, pain” or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. Instead say “the dentist will count your teeth then brush them”.

What to Expect

The initial exam will take approximately 40 minutes. We encourage the presence and participation of parents during the entirely of this visit. At the beginning of the visit, the staff will want to know any and all your specific concerns and will review the health history form with you. Your child will be introduced to our dentist, allowed time to see the office, and become comfortable before the examination. Depending on need, diagnostic radiographs may be taken to determine your child’s present dental condition.

The doctor will perform an extra and intra oral examination of the soft and hard tissue. The teeth will be cleaned and a professional fluoride varnish will be applied. Any existing dental issues will be discussed and a treatment plan will be proposed. Oral hygiene instructions will be reviewed along with suggestions to help care for your child’s teeth.

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