Your little one might fuss during their dental visit. This is the same as when they might fuss at a restaurant, or the hairdresser, or anywhere else that you’d rather they were quiet. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and the dental team is trained to make sure your baby is as comfortable as possible during their exam. Crying and screaming doesn’t mean your baby is in pain and the dentist will always be as gentle as possible.
Just remember – this is a momentous occasion! It is a milestone in your life as a parent and should be remembered, just like their first hair cut or first day at school. Take photos and write up about the experience. Either you’ll get a lovely memory to reflect upon, or some great material for their 21st birthday!
As parents it is your resposibility to use the first dental visit to become well informed about your child’s oral health. Your dentist will take a full medical history and look at factors such as your child’s overall health and development. Your dentist may discuss:
- Brushing techniques
- Bite (how your child’s teeth will come together)
- Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks
- Habits such as thumb sucking
- Risk of decay and how to prevent it
- Prevention of trauma to your child’s mouth
- Nutritional advice
Listen to this advice and follow it. Your dentist has your child’s best interests at heart and wants to make sure that good habits are formed early.