We understand taking your child to the dentist for the first time may be a stressful or nervous time. With the help of our friendly staff, we strive to make the visit as relaxed and casual as possible.
We believe establishing a good base of oral hygiene and hygiene practices, as well as and familiarity within a dental setting, will set your child up with good oral health and habits for their adult life.
In some instances, pediatric specialists are needed to provide care for children. If this is the case our dentists will recommend a suitable practitioner.
On your child’s first visit to West Beach Dental, they will meet with the dentist, one of our dental hygienists, or an oral therapist. We make sure it is a fun adventure for them, to keep them calm and happy in a new environment.
Your child may not sit in the chair on their first visit and that is OK. They may feel more secure on your lap where we count their teeth together. Some children bring a teddy to join them, to ensure your child has a positive association with the dentist and hygienist, especially on their first visit.
During their first appointment, we will be looking at the health of their gums, to make sure their teeth are coming through in the correct position. We will also look and monitor their jaw and facial bones growth and development as this can indicate possible crowding of teeth, which may indicate the potential needs of orthodontic treatment in the future.
We will also discuss sleep patterns, diet habits, and begin educating your child about ways to maintain and keep their smile healthy and clean for life.
It is recommended that your child should have their first set of x-rays to show between their teeth when the contacts between the baby teeth close, this is a hidden area where plaque collects and decay may start.