What can you expect for your child's first visit to the Dentist
Your child’s appointment is tailored to their personality and age. Expect our team to use encouraging and positive language throughout your child’s first and subsequent appointments. It’s important for our team to build trust and rapport with your child, that’s why we introduce your child to dentistry with positivity and encouragement.
Once your child is settled in-chair , we pop on their favourite cartoon. Our dental practitioner will count their teeth, teach them how to brush and if your child is over the age of two we will also perform a clean, fluoride treatment, and any necessary x-rays. We will examine your child’s face and jaw for signs of mal-alignment.
Our child friendly team will show your little one techniques to help get the length of time for effective brushing right, along with, discolouring solutions to highlight key areas to brush. For more information about children’s dental milestones click here.
Let us look after your children's oral health
At Freedom Dental our team of friendly dentists are here to help your family every step of the way, from the first appearance of teeth, to protecting them with custom fit sports mouthguards right through to adulthood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have about your children’s oral health. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions, but please feel free to contact us should you like to know more.
When should my little one have their first check-up?
Your child’s first visit should occur at about 12 months of age or at the first eruption of their teeth. However, it is never too late to have a first visit. You will experience our philosophy of non-judgment service and care.
How often should my child see the practitioner?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, we can advise about a custom plan based on your child’s oral health.
Are dental X-rays safe for my child?
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. We are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.
What should I do if my child falls and loses a permanent tooth?
The most important thing to do is to remain composed. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown instead of the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Call our team for further instructions.
What should I do if my child’s tooth is chipped or fractured?
Again, remain calm and contact our team immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the appointment.
Are baby teeth important?
“Baby Teeth” are important because they help children chew comfortably and speak clearly. They also assist in creating the path that permanent teeth follow when they erupt.
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
A child’s size toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime. We can provide you with a free brush suitable for your baby.
When should we use toothpaste and what amount should we use?
Prior to the ages of 2-3 you can clean your child’s teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. At about the age of 3 you are able to introduce toothpaste in your child’s brushing routine. Ensure you observe your child and make sure that no more than a pea-sized amount is used. Encourage your child to spit out excess toothpaste after brushing.
Is thumb sucking and/or dummies harmful for my child’s teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, your dentist can discuss a plan with you.
What diet is ‘tooth friendly’ for my child?
Do your best to ensure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, rinse the aggravated area with warm salt water and rest a cold compress against the face if it is swollen. You can give them pain relief and ensure you make an appointment with our team as soon as possible.