If a child’s first dental experience is for a tooth ache or a filling it may create a lifelong fear of dentist.
So when is the right time to introduce your child to your dentist? Buildling a positive experience should never be underestimated. So depending on the age, your child’s interaction with your dentist will vary.
For children aged between 2-4 years
- At this stage the teeth are still coming out.
- We focus on relationship building, starting in the waiting room.
- We familiarise kids to the colours and the smell
- We give children a ride in the chair play with the buttons
- Count their teeth
- Brush a soft toys tooth, open the mouth
- Get rewarded for cooperating.
- Repeating this every 6 months allows your child to trust and accept a dentist
For children aged between 4-5 years
- By this time most children enjoy the reward that awaits after their visit.
- The reception area has an iPad with educational games to keep them busy
- This is the right time to assess growth of the jaws
- Assess airways, tonsils or any other obstructions in the mouth
- Check for areas susceptible to decay, teach them good brushing techniques
- Along with all the fun we used to have we introduce them to a polish if they are ready.
For children aged between 6-9 Years
- This is a critical age
- The adult molars come out of the gum behind the very back tooth, most kids don’t even know they are adult teeth – these teeth have deep grooves and are so far back that they form cavities even before they have fully grown out of the gum.
- Careful analysis and good brushing techniques are discussed.
- Development and milestones are assessed
- A jaw x ray shows the size of adult teeth and space available for them, missing adult teeth
- Growth of the jaw and crowding can be predicted
- Expansion if needed prevent future complex orthodontic problems
- By this time most kids who started their visits at 2-3 years are excited, compliant. Happy to have simple procedures like small fillings and cleans.
If baby teeth stay longer than they are meant to, they push the adult teeth away creating malalignment. These baby teeth need to be removed in time. This image on the left side shows 2 baby teeth that have stayed longer than they should have, and as a result they are pushing the adult teeth out of alignment.