Your child’s oral health

Primary, or “baby” teeth not only help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path those permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to come in.

Having a professional who is trained in the area of Paediatric (Children) Dentistry examine their mouth early will prevent problems down the road.

It is recommended that you schedule your child to see a Dentist after their first tooth shows or before their first birthday.

Many parents want to have an idea of what the first visit to the dentist is going to look like for their child. At Family Dental Care, you can rest assured that your first visit is going to be pleasant and most of all fun for your child.

A positive first visit to the dentist helps your child form a trusting bond with our dentists and staff.  This, in turn, makes return visits to the dentist carefree for your child- and for you.

Please reassure your child that is okay to share any fear they might have with their dentist. Also, remind your child that the Family Dental Care Team will be explaining everything carefully and comprehensively and that it is okay to ask any questions they might have!

At Family Dental care, your first visit to the dentist typically entails little treatment and is generally a short visit. This first vital experience and interaction with the dentist will allow your child a chance to meet one of our dentists and get to know them in a welcoming and warm way. Sometimes our dentists will ask you as the parent to join your child in the dental chair and possibly hold your child during an examination. This allows for your child to feel comfortable and safe and allows our dentists to best do their assessment of your child’s oral health.

We also ask that parents do not make a big deal out of their child’s first visit to the dentist. It is best to avoid using words like “drill” or “needle” as these can create needless anxiety for your child.

We at Family Dental Care are skilled and experienced in treating children with fear, and we strive to clearly give details to your child as to the procedures they can expect to evade any future non-constructive attitudes towards dentistry.

Also, we suggest that prior to the appointment your child receives good rest and a nutritious meal. This can help in aiding to your child’s experience at the dentist.

For more details or to book an appointment for your little one, please visit our website www.familydentalcare.co.za

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