Getting started with your child’s oral health comes well before their first dental visit. This guide walks you through the Do’s and Don’ts of caring for your child’s oral health.
The team at Northern Dental Care are passionate about children and our main priority is giving each child a positive dental start. Each child is an individual who deserves compassion, understanding and patience. With this in mind, the first introduction of a child to the dental office, dental equipment and dental team members we use a simple method of show-tell-do which simply means education of what something is, informing what we will be doing and then gently doing it.
For those children who are nervous, we will have the parent assist us in show-tell-do to ease into becoming comfortable in a new environment and making it a positive experience. We do not believe in forcing anything, as comfort in a dental environment can only come if a child understands and trusts.
The Ontario Dental Association recommends that all children have their first dental exam by 1 year of age. This first check-up includes not only a examination of the teeth but also the growth of the jawbones, condition of the tongue, palate, tonsils/throat, floor of the mouth, TMJ and the lymph nodes of the head and neck.
To obtain more oral health information for children visit Northern Dental Care‘s Prevention Tips for Children page.