Children should start seeing the dentist before their first birthday. This will get them used to coming in and normalise the experience, which should take away any fear. If they haven’t had the opportunity, it’s not too late – simply get them in as soon as possible.
Here’s what to expect once your child gets a little bit older at their smilogy appointment.
When children start to be aware of what’s happening around them, appointments may go a little differently. The experience can feel new to them (even if they went as a baby), and they may feel a bit reluctant.
When making the appointment, try to make sure it’s in the morning. They’re less likely to have used all their energy and be tired and cranky.
Approach the whole visit with positivity. There’s no reason for them to feel scared, in fact, it should just be a normal part of their routine. Explain all the benefits of going to the dentist, including having strong, healthy teeth and keeping bad breath away.
On the day, reassure them that you’ll stay with them the whole time. Arrive early so they can settle into the smilogy waiting room and sit comfortably waiting with their toys, devices or games.
talking to the dentist
As the parent, you will be tasked with talking to the dentist (especially if you’re visiting a new one). At smilogy, we make sure to ask about your child’s dental history, about any habits such as sucking their thumb and about the foods they eat.
Now is a good time to make the dentist aware of any issues such as medical conditions or anxiety they may have. You may be asked follow up questions based on any previous appointments.
your child’s examination
Allow your child to be active in their own examination. If they’re old enough, let them answer basic questions the dentist may ask, reassuring them that they’re a trusted adult and it’s safe to talk to them.
When it’s time to open wide, let the dentist do what they have to do without interrupting so that your child sits still and pays attention.
If there are any issues, the dentist will approach this with you in a sensitive manner ensuring not to scare the child and letting you know what needs to be done next.
education and homecare
At the appointment, you can ask the dentist to show your child how to do certain things they’re struggling with at home. They may have more insight than you as to how to approach this.
The dentist will go over the best brushing techniques and even how to floss.
At the end of the appointment, your child should get a fun sticker to show off how awesome they were!
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Children should see a dentist every six months because their mouths are constantly developing. At smilogy, all of our Australian dentists are trained to offer the best care to children to put your mind and theirs at ease. Find your nearest smilogy clinic today!
Dr Luke Cronin
As a graduate of the University of Queensland (2000, 2013) and the University of Sydney (2006), Dr Cronin is one of Australia’s leading cosmetic dentists, specialising in creating stunning new smiles with cutting edge cosmetic dentistry techniques, including clear aligners, whitening and porcelain veneers.
Dr Cronin's work has been showcased in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle magazine and in 2019 he was awarded Australasian Dentist of the Year by My Face My Body in 2019.
Acknowledged an expert in his field for segments on the Today Show and House of Wellness, Dr Cronin now offers his first-class cosmetic treatments and customer care at smilogy.