Is your kid’s first appointment with the paediatric dentist coming up and you don’t know what to expect? Everything you need to know is right here!
It is natural for you and your child to become anxious with the thought of visiting the paediatric dentist. It is particularly daunting for children who need time to adjust to something new in their life.
Regular dental care is a must for everybody, not just adults or just children. You can find out the reasons why here. Kids should visit the paediatric dentist within six months after their first tooth appears. If this has happened, check your child into a local dental practice.
If you’ve booked your child in, great! That’s the first step. Now, read on to understand what happens at a paediatric appointment.
Get To Know The Patient
For any new patient, the paediatric dentist will always introduce themselves and speak to the patient, so both the patient and dentist get to know each other. This is to calm any nerves and anxiety that may flare up when sitting in the dental chair. The paediatric dentist will explain the steps of the check-up appointment, show the tools being used and assure them that the appointment will be safe, painless and comfortable.
Understanding Their State Of Health
A series of questions will be asked by the paediatric dentist to identify any risk factors that may impact your child’s oral health. Questions such as medical conditions, dieting practices, teething and general habits will be asked to get to know your child’s habits and hygiene. The paediatric dentist will have a better idea of any recommendations or hygiene plans that suits your child.
The paediatric dentist will perform a check of the child’s teeth to search for any decay or other dental health issues. This is important so that the dentist can identify any oral concerns early and perform the appropriate treatment to keep any oral health dangers low.
When all pre-requisite checks are complete, the overall health and development of your child’s oral health is assessed. The paediatric dentist will check for any plaque, discolouration and any risks of tooth decay, before safely performing the process of cleaning their teeth. Children are likely to cry during the assessment. This is normal behaviour and carries no concern.
The dentist will likely talk to your child and you as the parent about some oral hygiene recommendations to keep tooth development healthy. If your child has any impactful habits such as thumb-sucking, abnormal bites or anything else, this is an opportunity for you to express this to the dentist.
It is likely your dentist will recommend that your child visits the dentist every six months for regular check-ups. This is to ensure that the dentist can look after their development and offer helpful advice, so teeth are looked after at home. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s next appointment before you leave!
Read here on the importance of regular dental check-ups to oral health.
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