It is recommended that you make an appointment for your child at the age of 2. During this first visit, the dentist and the dental hygienist will make sure to establish a relationship of trust with your child and will take care to examine his teeth, do a cleansing, review with you brushing techniques and the use of dental floss. About 50% of the population experiences some fear of the dentist. It is important to avoid passing on this fear to children. Information and a positive attitude will reassure him and will be decisive for the future. Your collaboration is important before, during and after the visit.
Before the first visit
- Several books tell the story of a character who makes a first visit to the dentist. Take the time to read it to him.
- Explain to the child what the dentist will do.
- The day before, summarize the stages of the visit.
- Never tell the child that it will not hurt during the dentist appointment.
- During the visit, you may be asked to sit on the dentist's chair to hold your child on you during the exam.
- For older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room after the first contact has been made.
- Listen carefully to the instructions and suggestions on oral care for your child.
- At all times, it is important to have a positive attitude about the meeting.
- Ask to make the next appointment in six months.
- Make sure your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day or after each meal.
- Floss her once a day.
- Watch your child's diet and suggest foods that do not contain too much sugar.
- Until the age of 10, be sure to brush your child's teeth at bedtime before bedtime.