First Dental Visit
Ottawa Pediatric Dentist - When Should Your Kids See A Children's Dentist?
First Dental Visit By The First Birthday
Along with the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child and parent as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. After all, we are shaping the relationship for a lifetime of good oral health. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause a negative reaction from your child. We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.
On the first visit, we will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life! We will be pleased to answer any and all questions you may have.