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What To Expect At Your Child's First Dentist Visit

April 11, 2022
Posted By: L&R Dental
Dentist Examining Little Boy's Teeth — L&R Dental in Toowoomba, QLD

As new parents, you have many milestones ahead of you to look forward to. From the first steps of your child to their first words and everything in between. With these firsts, comes the first visit to the dentist. It’s important to set up regular dentist visits to set your child (and their teeth) up with good habits for life. But, what happens at your child’s first dentist visit? Take a look at what to expect here.


When to begin dental check-ups

It has been recommended to book your child in for their first dentist visit around the age of 2. Baby teeth are incredibly important as they set the scene for your child’s future adult teeth. At this age, your child’s dentist can take a look at their baby teeth to make sure that everything is progressing as it is supposed to. They will also help to set up good oral habits that will help keep your child’s adult teeth healthy in the years to come.


What to expect from the dentist

Apart from assessing your child’s primary teeth, one of the main aims of the dentist is to help your child feel calm and comfortable with attending dental appointments. Your child’s dentist will help make conversations about proper brushing and dental care fun and easy. They will focus on preventative treatments that are tailored to your child’s specific needs and requirements. This may include a cleaning, X-ray, fissure sealants or behavioural modifications if your child sucks their thumb.


How to make it a positive first experience

Your child’s experience with the dentist starts before they even sit in the chair. Our dentists help to ease your child’s anxiety by making the experience fun. From playing with the toys in the waiting room to having a ride in the dental chair, a positive environment and gentle care will help make it a great first experience.

They will also focus on using age-appropriate language, avoiding the use of large or scary words that might cause your child concern. This helps to reassure your child and keep the experience positive.


What your child’s dentist is looking out for

There are a number of things that your child’s dentist is looking for. They will take a look at their baby's (primary) teeth and assess how they are developing as well as ensure that there are no cavities that need to be dealt with. Your child’s primary teeth are the blueprint of how their adult teeth are likely to develop so early assessment will allow your dentist to address any issues such as misalignment or possible decay at the early stages.


Book your child in now

Your child’s first visit to the dentist can be an overwhelmingly positive one with the right approach. With a focus on creating a positive environment and ensuring that your child’s teeth are healthy, this can be another great first for you and your child.

If your child is almost ready for their first dental visit, contact our team to book them in today. Our paediatric dental experts will be able to make the dentist a fun and positive experience for your child.