Child’s first visit to the dentist

At Iris Dentistry, your dentist in Waterloo, we provide dental care for the whole family

The Ontario Dental Association recommends that when the first tooth appears, between the ages of 6 months to 1 year old, it is time to book your child’s first visit to the dentist.

During the child’s very first visit, the dentist will take a look at the tooth/teeth and gums to make sure everything is normal.

It is important for the child to see the dentist since early ages to avoid developing dental anxiety later on their lives.

One way to encourage the child is bringing along an older brother or sister to the appointment, or even allow them to bring their favorite toy or stuffed animal. This will make them feel safe.

Infants can get cavities just like older children and adults

Dentists advise that letting the baby sleep at the breast or with a bottle can harm their teeth. The sugar will remain in the child’s teeth throughout the night and can damage the enamel and cause tooth decay (cavity).

It does not sound easy, but baby’s teeth should be cleaned before they fall asleep. A gauze or a piece of wet cloth can be used to clean their gums and teeth or even an extra soft baby tooth brush, with no tooth paste.

The “real deal”

Most children have all their baby teeth around 2 years-old and it is when the “real dental visit” happens.

Kids at this age are able to understand things better and getting them ready for the dental appointment can be very helpful.

What to expect during this visit?

The dentist will “count” their teeth to check how many they already have and also to make sure they are healthy. It is a visual exam and the doctor is looking for signs of cavities. If something looks “suspicious” a special picture (x-ray) might be necessary.

After the exam, usually the dentist cleans the teeth, polish them and may apply fluoride.

That’s it! 🙂

Oh no… the most important step is missing: get a toy from the treasure box!

Dentists: make sure the treasure box is ready in the reception area!!!! Kids love it!!!

Frequency of visits to the dental office

Every child should see the dentist every 6 months for the dental exam and to get a professional dental cleaning.

The dentist and/or the dental hygienist must advise the parents when it is time to start to floss and to use tooth paste.

Do you still have questions about your child’s first visit to the dentist?

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References: Ontario Dental Association

About Iris Dentistry

We are located in the Marsland Mall, in Waterloo, Ontario. We serve the Waterloo Region with orthodontics services, as well as general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Dr. Iris Moreira is an Invisalign provider. We are accepting new patients at all ages and would love to look after your smile.