Setting up children with healthy oral hygiene habits and ensuring they go to regular dental check-ups throughout their childhood is key to ongoing good oral health in the future.
While that’s often easier said than done, Julia (our oral health therapist) knows the challenges many parents face when it comes to getting their young ones to brush and floss, and to even come to appointments. That’s why we’re here to help you help your kids, with kindness, patience, and friendly faces that can help explain what’s going on in a way they can understand.
Ultimately, it’s all about ensuring kids’ dental health and setting them up for life.
Your child meets Julia (oral health therapist) and has an opportunity to get used to the dental chair, the lights and the dental smell. This consultation mainly involves just a visual inspection, making sure there’s nothing unusual with the child’s teeth and gums.
Julia (oral health therapist) will take time to answer any questions to create a gentle, positive experience that is often accompanied by plenty of giggles for both the child and the parent!
As well as doing an oral examination, Julia (oral health therapist) will assess the child’s growth and development, identify any risk of dental decay, and educate the child (and parent) on brushing techniques and the importance of healthy nutrition on teeth.
- Kids can easily pick up on anxiety in their parents, so try to keep it light-hearted yourself to alleviate any fears. If a child has any concerns, it’s important to explain that dental visits are a regular occurrence for everyone to help keep people healthy. Keep it matter-of-fact without using any negative words such as ‘pain’, ‘drill’ or ‘needle’.
- Routine dental visits are one of the best ways to help your child become more familiar with visiting the dentist. Starting at an early age, we recommend twice yearly check-ups and cleans so that we can evaluate your child’s smile development and intervene if the need should arise.
- We take things at your child’s pace, easing them into having an dental exam, x-rays of their teeth, and a cleaning.
- Lastly, we generally suggest booking a morning appointment for young children, as often they are exhausted after a busy day at day-care, pre-school, or school.
As soon as a child turns two, it’s time to visit our oral health therapist for an oral health assessment. Our dentists and therapists know that there can be nervousness or fears and work hard to make the visit a comfortable experience.