comprehensive childrens dental treatments
First Dental Appointment at a Friendly Family Dentist
We place an emphasis on making your child’s first experience with dental care a positive experience. As a family dentist the initial appointment will focus on meeting you and your child. We will get to know one another and make sure your child is comfortable and catered for both during the appointment and with our fun kids’ area. If your child requires special attention or assistance, request to see our Paediatric Specialist who specialises in handling children that are unwilling to cooperate, have extensive carries or are particularly timid.
This means not only do we assess your child’s individual needs, we make sure your child will associate a trip to the dentist as a positive experience. Ultimately making your next check-up easier, since your child will come into it without fear and with positive memories of previous visits.
If your child has never seen a dentist before or you are considering switching from another practice, you can expect diligent care from About Smiles. Your child’s first appointment will be about their overall wellbeing and comfort, in addition to their individual dental health requirements.
We treat each first appointment with a great deal of care, because properly caring for young teeth sets the groundwork for good oral health. Why? It’s important to understand that baby teeth are not only important for chewing and speech, they aid in proper jaw development and reserve space for permanent teeth to come through.
Depending on the age of your child an initial appointment may involve:
- For older children: introductions, explanations about what will happen during the appointment and making them aware they can stop any time they feel uncomfortable
- Assessing your child’s “bite” and its alignment
- Checking for any early decay, gum, jaw or tissue issues
- Discussing the oral health basics that, as a parent, you need to be aware of and keep an eye out for, such as the need for regular check-ups, general hygiene practices and developmental milestones
Our Child Friendly Facility
Additionally we offer sedation options for patients who may be nervous about treatment. Our team also have a reassuring bedside manner to ensure your comfort when you visit our clinics.
Tips to Take Home
From the age of two a child can begin brushing their teeth with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, supervising to ensure they don’t swallow. It’s advisable to have them brush their teeth twice a day for around two minutes each time. Making sure they not only get the top and front of each tooth, but the backs, gum-lines and tongue too.
When it comes to flossing, as soon as two teeth sit side-by-side in their mouth and touch your child can begin. Be careful to make sure they use the correct technique, a gentle up and down motion between each gap is enough. If you can get them into a habit of flossing once a day, perhaps before bed, it can go a long way towards preventing cavities and complications.
About Smiles in the Community
About Smiles has also provided resources and support the Cancer Council and other charities.