The Importance of Children’s First Visit to the Dentist

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The Importance of Children’s First Visit to the Dentist

The Canadian Dental Association suggests that parents should begin to think of taking their children to the dentist around the age of one, or when the first set of teeth begin to erupt. In addition to providing excellent dental care for adult patients, our Calgary dental clinic offers dentistry for children.

Children’s’ first appointment with a dentist is important for several reasons:

  1. It familiarizes children with the dentist’s office and introduces kids to dental care routines so that they can build healthy dental hygiene habits for the rest of their life.
  2. After the initial dental exam and teeth cleaning, dentists and hygienists can offer suggestions to parents about any specific techniques children might need. This helps to avoid cavities and maintain healthy gums.
  3. Starting kids’ dentist appointments early and returning for regular check-ups allows any problems to be identified and solved sooner rather than later.

Familiarizing children with visits to the dentist

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It is often suggested that kids be introduced to dental hygiene in a positive manner.

An example of how to help children see trips to the dentist as a positive experience include having the child visit the office with a family member or an older sibling.

At Macleod dentistry, we offer a complimentary first visit for children that is meant to be both fun and informative. This sets a positive tone which allows future appointments to go smoothly for the young patients.

Establishing routines to maintain a healthy smile

Dental hygiene should begin early. Building in a healthy dental regimen early can help prevent cavities and maintain healthy gums.

Even before teeth come in, dentists recommend cleaning children’s’ gums gently with a washcloth. As teeth come in, parents should brush all surfaces of the teeth and floss when they begin to come in adjacent to one another.

Sometimes it can be tricky to choose kid-friendly toothbrushes floss, or floss threaders. Dental professionals can offer advice in this area and can also teach children the proper techniques brushing and flossing their own teeth.

The first few dental appointments can help your kids’ dentist determine if the child is using proper brushing and flossing techniques, and can offer tips and suggestions.

Identifying and addressing oral health issues early

Ongoing appointments and attention to kids’ dental care can also be important in terms of preventing and repairing cavities, as well as noting any potential crowding or spacing issues early on.

Through regular exams and X-rays, pediatric dentists are able to determine if a child has cavities. It is important that these are addressed even in primary teeth in order to prevent tooth decay spreading or harming gums. In particularly cavity-prone children, a dentist might recommend  changes in diet or measures such as protective coatings for certain teeth.

Regularly scheduled dental appointments for children can also help identify any issues with tooth crowding, spacing, or even wisdom teeth. Most of these concerns can be solved by a dentist. For other issues, such as problems with bite or jaw development, the child may be referred to an orthodontist or other specialist. It is best to identify and plan to address these issues early, before they create problems or discomfort.

For more information on our approach to child dental care, or to schedule your child’s first appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone at 403-253-1248 or by email at info@macleodtraildental.ca.

Our office is located at 8500 Macleod Trail SW, and our Contact page provides maps as well as directions.

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