Your child's first visit

childrens dentist

1 At what age should I take my child to Crocodile Smiles?
2 How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?
3 What is some advice for preparing my child for the visit?
4 What happens during the first visit?
5 What if my child is afraid?
6 What if my child is in pain?

1 - At what age
1 - should I take my child to Crocodile Smiles?

Children should have their first dental visit within six months of the eruption of the first baby tooth and no later than their first birthday.
This appointment is needed to assess your beginning risks of cavities, establish a dental home, discuss nutrition, discuss hygiene practices
at home, injury prevention and if we find cavities or other problems,
these can be taken care of early before they become a bigger problem.



2 - How often does my child
2 - need to see the pediatric dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental
check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene. A child's first visit should occur
by their first birthday.



3 - What is some advice for preparing my child
3 - for the visit?

Keep everything POSITIVE and even if you have anxiety about the
dentist … don't let your child be aware of those feelings! Dentistry
has advanced quite rapidly in the past twenty years, many things
that you remember as a child have changed for the better.

Trips to the dentist should be routine and fun, please don't use the dentist as a threatening place or somewhere that your child will be punished (yes, I have heard parents tell their children if they are not
good they are going to the dentist).

Here at Crocodile Smiles we are trained for that anxious child.
We understand that children are not just little adults and need
time to adjust to new environments and stimuli in a fun and
positive atmosphere



4 - What happens during the first visit?

If your child is under the age of three, many times we will examine your child with you helping to support the child on your lap. This is referred
to as a "lap to lap" exam and it gives your child security, decreases
their stress and it will allow our dental team the best chance to view
your child's mouth and teeth. Sometimes the children under three still
cry the first time they visit. Crying is a normal reaction to fear and the child will outgrow these fears with repeated and routine visits filled with positive reinforcement and encouragement.



5 - What if my child is afraid?

Even children who are not in pain are sometimes frightened about
new experiences. Remember, positive and encouraging words
are very beneficial to a child that is fearful of new environments.

Sometimes, children are referred to our clinic due to a previous
"bad experience". We are trained to treat children that have a
tainted view of dental work. We will make every effort to gain your
child's confidence to allow your child to feel ready to accept their
dental treatment.



6 - What if my child is in pain?

It is always better to have your child's first experience with dentistry in a calm and educational environment. Teaching your children about brushing, flossing and introducing them to the sounds of dentistry is a good stepping-stone to a great dental future.

Sometimes, the regular routine appointment will need to be scheduled at
a later date due to pain or an accident. This appointment is referred to
as an emergency appointment and every effort will be made to alleviate your child's discomfort.

Keep in mind that it is easier for a child to have routine dental visits and repair teeth that have cavities than allowing the teeth to become infected and cause pain and possibly swelling and then only be treated
on emergency basis.

Having a good routine and great oral hygiene habits will prepare your child for healthy permanent teeth and a positive attitude
about dental care


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