We encourage our youngest patients to become familiar with the dental setting from as early as their 1st tooth erupting in the mouth. Coming along to mum and dad’s visit is a great way to start getting your little one comfortable to visiting the dental team – A positive first visit can be the first step toward a lifetime of good dental habits!
The visit would usually start with a ride in the dental chair and counting their teeth, checking the gums and sometimes being able to gently clean their teeth.
1st VISIT TIPS FOR MUMS AND DADS
- Even very young children are perceptive, and can pick up and react to any anxiety you might have about the upcoming visit.
- Arrange for a morning appointment if possible. Children are often more positive and receptive.
- Avoid talking about specific procedures or instruments, as these ideas may confuse or upset your child. Words like “drill,” “injection,” and “needle” are potentially very frightening to a child.