We have a longstanding culture of making our 'junior' patients have a fun filled and enjoyable stay with each visit to our office. Children always receive special attention from our staff. We aim to help these little ones attain healthy dental culture, which will go a long way to ensure good dental health that will last them a lifetime.
Based on our extensive interaction and experience with children, we recommend that they get involved in scheduled dental appointments from the early age of three. This early introduction reduces fear and phobia in children, and helps them develop and practise healthy dental habits through their teen years and into adulthood.
It is worth noting that the early detection of an impending dental problem is essential in preventing further damage. A child's dental record built over the years is an important tool in taking preventive actions and making an accurate diagnosis.
An adolescent experiences changes in oral health and this often brings about fear, tension, and anxiety, but having regular dental visits early in life will help conquer these emotions.
Tips for a child's First Time Visit:
- Identify relevant materials (Internet, literature etc.) to create some awareness on the role of a dentist.
- Get your child familiarized with the office through a virtual office tour.
- Tell your child stories about the good dental experiences you have had.
Some of the things the dentist will deal with during a first dental visit include:
- Determine the fluoride need of the child.
- Examine the child's gum, mouth, and teeth.
- Assess any bad dental habits your child may have e.g. tongue thrusting.
- Run practical lessons for the child on how to clean the gums and teeth.
- Draw out a plan for routine dental examinations.