PEDODONTICS, paediatric dentistry
The first visit
It is recommended that you arrange a visit for your child at around two years.
During this first visit, the dentist and the dental hygienist will create a relationship of trust with your child and will examine his teeth, clean them and review with you the brushing techniques and dental care.
About 50% of the population is in some way afraid of dentists. It is important to avoid passing this fear onto the children. Information and a positive attitude will reassure them and be decisive for the future. Your cooperation is important before, during and after the visit.
Before the first visit
Several books tell the history of a person visting the dentist for the first time.
Read your child this story.
Explain to your child what the dentist will do.
Summarize the stages of the visit the evening before.
Never tell the child that it will not hurt during the visit to the dentist.
During the visit
You may be asked to sit down on the dentist’s chair in order to hold your child on you during the examination.
With older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room once the initial contact has been established.
Listen well to the instructions and suggestions on the dental care to be provided for your child.
At the same time, it is important to have a positive attitude regarding the meeting.
We explain to the child what is going to happen and generally provide a fun interesting experience for the child. We carefully examine the development of their mouth including crowding, appearance of calcium deposits, abnormality in the number of teeth, baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ, and signs of prolonged problems such as thumb-sucking and teething.
We take x-rays when needed. We clean and polish teeth and apply fluoride when needed. We explain how a healthy diet relates to healthy teeth and we demonstrate the correct way to brush the teeth. Ask to have the next appointment in six months.
After the visit
Ensure that your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day or after each meal.