At Jade Dental Practice we understand that most children find a visit to the dentist an anxious time. Drs. McSwiney, Mirza and Mapp are kind and caring dentists who will take the time to make sure your child is comfortable and at ease during their visit to the practice.
When should my child first see the dentist?
Your child's first visit to the dentist should happen before their first birthday or 6 months after the first tooth has come through. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help you learn how to clean your child's teeth.
Bringing your child to the dentist early often leads to a lifetime of good oral care and familiarises them with the dental practice and team, thereby reducing anxiety and fear.
How should I prepare for the first visit?
Talk to your child about what to expect, and build excitement as well as understanding about the visit.
What will happen at the first visit?
Many first visits are nothing more than introductory icebreakers, especially if the child is very young. If your child allows, the dentist will carry out a gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues to monitor growth and development. The need for extra preventative treatments will be assessed as the child grows.
The dentist will be able to answer any questions you have and try to make you and your child feel comfortable throughout the visit. The entire dental team will provide a relaxed, non-threatening environment for your child.
At the end of the visit, your child will be given a sticker to wear so that they can show their family and friends that they have been a very good patient at their friendly dentist.