When Should My Child First See the Dentist?
A child’s first visit to the dentist is a milestone, and many parents wonder when it should happen. There are varying recommendations regarding a child’s age for that monumental first visit, and at LN Dental Centre, we recommend bringing in your kids when they are about three years old.
At this age, children are usually old enough to sit still in the dental chair and to understand what the appointment is about. It is also early enough for your dentist to identify potential problems in their early stages, and there is still time to address habits such as thumb-sucking that can have a negative impact on the adult teeth when they come in.
At our Chester Hill, NSW dental clinic, we firmly believe that children who see a children’s dentist regularly grow into adults who also take care of their oral health. We look forward to helping your kids develop habits that contribute to a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth.
How to Make the First Dental Visit a Good One
It can be scary for kids—and their mums and dads—to come to the dentist for the first time. Here are some tips for making sure the visit is a pleasant one:
- Don’t treat the dental visit as a serious event. The most important aspect of the visit is to make sure your child is comfortable and understands what is happening.
- Consider bringing in your child for your own check-ups and cleans prior to his or her first appointment. Seeing Mum or Dad calmly sitting in the dental chair can go a long way in showing kids there is nothing to worry about.
- Ask if someone on the team can provide a quick tour of the surgery so children can take a look and see that although a new environment, there is nothing scary about it.
You can also call us ahead of time if you have specific concerns about your child’s first visit, and we will be happy to help or offer additional advice.
We invite you to call LN Dental Centre, your family-friendly children’s dentist in Chester Hill, NSW, when it’s time for your child’s first booking with our surgery.