First Dental Visit

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When’s a good time to start visiting the dentist?

The Australian dental association recommends that children start visiting their dentist after their first tooth comes through. But if a tooth hasn’t come through by their first birthday, we recommend starting then anyway.

It’s a great idea to start bringing your little one in when either you or their older sibling is in for a visit. This gives them a chance to get used to our environment, the people, the equipment and especially the minty smell.

Here's what to expect at the first visit

Our aim is to get kids excited about seeing their dentist, as this will set them up for good dental hygiene for the rest of their lives. So, we make it fun. From start to finish.

Unless you are concerned regarding a specific issue with your child’s teeth, the first visit is really quite calming for you both. The dentist will take a medical history and discuss how we can best assist you in caring for your child’s teeth. You’ll learn about what to expect when your little one starts teething, and we’ll offer advice on nutrition and how to prevent dental decay or issues with thumb sucking.

For children a little older, we suggest role playing visits to the dentists in the lead up to their first appointment. This helps them get into the swing of things so they’re more settled when they get here.

What we do in the first dental check-up is age dependent. We will also consider how quickly your child settles in. Children aged from 1 to 2 are generally happy sharing a ride in the chair with a parent or sibling. When they’re a little older, say 2-4 years old, then they’ll get the ride in the chair while we count their teeth.

Time of service

The very first dental visit for children takes anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes. We want it to be a good experience, and we’ll take the time to make sure it is. So much of this will depend on on your little one’s age, and the type of appointment, general check-up or an emergency.