First visit

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.
After the visit

  • 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.