Visiting the dentist can often be daunting for children and parents alike, but it doesn’t have to be. “Transform fear into fun at Road Dental’s kid-friendly environment!” At Road Dental, we’ve meticulously designed a welcoming atmosphere for our youngest patients. Our pediatric dental team is not just trained to work with children but is committed to ensuring your child’s comfort and ease throughout their visit. From our friendly reception team to our hygienists who explain procedures in an engaging way, we ensure a positive dental experience from start to finish.
What to Expect at Your Child’s Dental Appointment
During the appointment, your child can expect a thorough examination of their teeth and gums. The dentist will check for any signs of tooth decay or other oral health issues. X-rays may also be taken to get a closer look at what’s happening beneath the surface.
The great thing about the Road Dental team is that we know how to make this process as painless as possible. We’ll use gentle techniques and explain each step along the way so that your child feels informed and involved.
After the examination, it’s time for some cleaning! The hygienist will carefully remove any plaque or tartar buildup from your child’s teeth using special tools. They’ll also show your little one how to brush and floss properly, emphasising the importance of good oral hygiene habits.
If necessary, additional treatments like fluoride application or sealants may be recommended by the dentist to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.
What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Appointment
We know that visiting the dentist can be scary, but there are a few things that you, and your child, can do to prepare, ensuring a more comfortable dental visit.
Before the appointment
Scheduling: If it’s your child’s first dental visit, aim to schedule it around the time their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. For subsequent visits, regular checkups every 6 months are recommended.
Private health and paperwork: Check with your private health provider to understand your coverage for paediatric dental care. Fill out any necessary paperwork beforehand to save time at the office.
Preparing your child: Talk to your child about the dentist in a positive way. Explain that the dentist is like a doctor for their teeth, and they’ll help keep their smile healthy and strong. You can also read children’s books about going to the dentist together.
At the appointment
Arrival and check-in: Arrive early to complete any remaining paperwork and settle in. The office staff will be friendly and welcoming to your children.
Initial consultation: The dentist will chat with you about your child’s oral health history, any concerns you have, and their dietary habits.
Examination: The dentist will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums, checking for cavities, bite alignment, and any other potential issues. X-rays might be taken if needed.
Cleaning: If necessary, the hygienist will clean your child’s teeth, removing plaque and tartar buildup. This may involve using a gentle electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Education and advice: The dentist will provide you with personalised advice on brushing, flossing, and maintaining good oral hygiene for your child. They can also discuss healthy dietary habits for strong teeth.
Wrap-up: The dentist will answer any questions you have and schedule the next appointment if needed.
Every child is different, and their dental experience may vary. Some children may be excited about their visit, while others may feel nervous or scared. Be patient and supportive, and let the dentist and staff know if your child has any special needs or concerns.
The overall goal of the first visit is often to get your child acclimated to the dental environment and establish a positive relationship with the dentist. If any procedures are needed, they may be scheduled for another appointment when your child is more comfortable.
At Road Dental, we believe in getting the basics of oral health into routine early, and our dental team are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s teeth and overall oral health.