We welcome your whole family to our practice. As an adult, you will be familiar with visiting a dentist. If you are new patient to our practice, please ask us anything that may be of concern. You may be less familiar with children and a family dentist. We welcome your children and look forward to starting what we hope will be a life-long relationship with them. Good dental health is best started at an early age as tooth decay can start as soon as baby teeth erupt into the mouth.
When to Introduce Your Child to Us
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends that your child’s first dental visit happen within their first year (12 months) in order to help prevent cavities and check for good oral health. It also helps to establish a dental home for the child and encourages the development of a positive relationship with us.
What Will Happen at the First Visit?
The first visit will consist of a relaxed review of your child’s overall dental health. We will gather your child’s dental and medical health information and allow him or her to meet our friendly team, tour the office, sit in a dental chair, and generally have fun while visiting.
If your child is comfortable, we will perform a dental examination. We will also discuss with you proper diet, nutrition and good oral hygiene habits that will bring out the best in your child’s smile. Usually, a professional dental cleaning with our hygienist, fluoride therapy and any necessary x-rays can also be completed during this visit, however, these can also wait until a subsequent visit when your child may feel more relaxed and comfortable.
For very young children, the examination can be done in the parent’s lap by a technique called “Knee-to-Knee”. If new to you, it is also a useful technique to learn for brushing your child’s teeth at home.
Preparing for the First Visit, Do’s and Don’ts
To help your child adjust to a new environment and aid in a positive dental experience, consider the following:
- Bring your child few minutes ahead of time to get accustomed to our dental office and staff in an unhurried manner.
- Relax. If you are calm, your child will be calm also.
- Share any fun stories you may know about a child’s first visit to the dentist — perhaps through a book.
- Sending a family member or friend to the first appointment.
- Telling your child that they won’t be hurt, or similar.
- Sharing any negative dental experiences you’ve had.
Your Child’s Future Dental Care
As your child gets older, some additional services such as fluoride treatment and dental sealants may be recommended for them. It is part of our culture of focus on high quality care for your family. Preventive care is by far the best experience when it comes to a family dentist and your child’s oral health.
Fluoride treatments give extra protection against tooth decay and can also help remineralize teeth that have already been affected by decay. Fluoride treatments are easily applied and can be completed during a cleaning and checkup appointment.
Dental sealants are an option that we may also recommend. Sealants are a thin protective covering applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. The sealant fills in the grooves and protects teeth from the acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay. Sealants are a non-invasive treatment and can typically be completed during one short appointment
You will be happy to know that we only use white fillings (no mercury) when treating cavities in your own or your children’s mouths.
If your child is a little older, and plays sports, we will be happy to discuss and recommend the right mouth guard for their teeth. Did you know that custom mouth guards offer better protection than those that can be purchased at a sporting goods store? Protecting your child’s teeth and mouth from injury is important, as approximately forth percent dental injuries emergencies are sports related. Surprisingly, perhaps, basketball is the number one offender, followed by football, soccer and baseball.
Dr. Amir Majeed accommodated me on short notice. He took time to answer my questions and is patient-focused. The staff are wonderful.
Dr. Majeed and your dental team look forward to answering any questions you may have about Family Dentistry. Give us a call today at (250) 656-9321 or Click Here to book your next appointment.