Ensure your child’s future health by visiting Charlestown Dental Centre Early
New parents often ask “when should my child first see a dentist?” Most dental professionals recommend your child see the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth appears. The general rule of thumb for child dental is that their first visits is booked by their first birthday. However, earlier kids dental is okay too. Primary teeth usually begin to grow in around 6 months of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with their teeth. This way your dentist will be able to catch any small problems early on. In a child’s developing years (6 months – 3 years), they should visit the dentist regularly to have their teeth and gums checked. At Charlestown Dental Centre, we recommend a checkup every 6 months in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. An age 1 dental visit lets parents discuss with the dentist:
- How to care for an infant or toddler’s mouth
- Proper use of fluoride
- Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
- Ways to prevent dental accidents
- The links between diet and oral health
We believe in building a quality relationship with your child from a young age. This will build the foundations for a trusting relationship with their dentist and will discourage fear of the dentist or dental phobia.
Our dentists have extensive experience in treating children and we cater our environment to the entire family. We create a relaxing environment so you can relax while your children play in our educational and stimulating practice.
What to expect on your child’s first visit to Charlestown Dental Centre
As a parent, there are ways you can help ease your child into their first dental experience. For some small children, the first visit to the dentist can seem scary – strange instruments, loud noises, and new faces. But, with a little planning on your part, a first trip to the dentist can be easy and even fun! One of the most important things is to talk to your child about the dentist. Make sure to tell them what’s going to happen, and practice brushing their teeth together beforehand. Be prepared to ask the dentist about any questions or concerns you may have.
You may also be wondering what to expect during your child’s first dental visit. At Charlestown Dental Centre, we know that some children feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We strive to create a welcoming environment to ensure your child feels nurtured as soon as they walk into our practice. Our compassionate and caring dental professionals aim to make the experience as educational and fun as possible. You can expect the dentist to thoroughly examine your child’s mouth, show you how to clean your child’s teeth (and let you practice), and answer any questions or concerns. Before leaving our office you should have a clear idea about your child’s oral health development and your responsibilities. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your child’s first dental visit or when to book their appointment – please don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak with one of our dental professionals. At Charlestown Dental Centre, we love kids!!