Dentistry for Children
Alma Dental is a family-friendly practice, with a focus on children’s dentistry. Our compassionate and welcoming team will do everything possible to make your child’s first dental visit a relaxed and enjoyable experience.
Preparing Your Child For Their First Visit
Bringing your children to the dentist at an early age connects them to their dental home. It is recommend that you begin bringing your child to the dentist at the age of 3.
The first appointment is likely to be a brief consultation and under most circumstances, will not involve any treatment. It is merely an introduction to your child’s dental family and gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have.
Tips for creating an enjoyable first dental experience
Children at a young age do not have any preconceived ideas about the dentist. If you are an anxious or phobic dental patient, please try not to pass this on to your child.
The following tips can help prepare your child for an exciting first dental visit:
- Bring your child with you to a few of your dental visits when they are young, so that theybecome familiar with the dental practice and the process of going to the dentist.
- Do not reassure them before their visit. You don’t stop a child as you are about to walk into a shopping centre and say, “don’t worry, you’ll be fine,” so please don’t do this before a dental visit. Reassuring statements can trigger an unnecessary response of panic or alarm. Instead, treat a dental visit like any other day-to-day activity.
- Children are more likely to be able to cope with a new experience when they aren’t exhausted, so please try to make your child’s dental appointments for a time of day when they will be well rested.
- When discussing dental treatment at home, talk about the dentist in a positive manner so that your child sees it as something to look forward to. Playing dentist at home, where you let your child count your teeth and you count theirs, can also help prepare them and generate excitement around visiting the dentist.
We believe that the best dental treatment is preventative. For this reason, early dental care is important. Regular dental visits will ensure your child’s milk teeth remain strong, healthy and cavity free, allowing their adult teeth to erupt into a healthy mouth.