As a family dentist in Dorset, we know how important dentalcare is for young children from the moment they get their first milk tooth. We’re committed to making your child feel at ease and phobia free. We believe the dentist should be a welcoming and comfortable place for you and your child to visit.
Dental care, including essential visits to the dentist, should begin at the age of 2. Your child’s dental and oral health influences their overall health. Even if your child has a single tooth, it is important to introduce a good dental routine and organise 6 monthly check-ups in order to guarantee your child a good start.
With the arrival of your child’s first teeth also comes the arrival of plaque. To avoid the build up of plaque and to keep the enamel coating strong be sure to brush your child’s teeth for the recommended 2 minutes twice a day.
Visits to the dentist should begin when your child’s first milk teeth begin to appear. It’s important to let your child get used to visiting the dentist and the general environment. Here at Lyme Bay, we know how important it is to make your child feel comfortable visiting us. Even if your child’s teeth appear to be healthy, check-ups will helps prevent any complications like tooth decay or the need for a filling. Your dentist will advise you on how best to look after your child’s teeth.
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What will your child’s first visit to the dentist include?
- Upon your child’s first visit, we try to make sure that your child has the opportunity to become at ease with the environment of the practice and with our practitioners, who all have a great rapport with children. Note that it is not unusual for your child to be nervous when visiting us for their first few check-ups.
- If your child is very young, we encourage you to sit in the dental chair with your child for extra support – our priority is that your child has a positive first experience with us.
- Your dentist will gently examine your child’s teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues and if necessary, clean their teeth to remove any plaque, tartar, build-up or stains.
- We will offer you advice and demonstrations on how to clean your child’s teeth thoroughly/how they can clean their own teeth thoroughly when they are old enough to do so. We can offer your advice on how to practice good oral care, oral habits, teething, healthy nutrition, how often to make an appointment, changes to look out for and fluoride needs.
- One of the principal reasons for bi-annual visits is to grow your child’s confidence when it comes to visiting us, as well as to regularly follow your child’s journey to healthy teeth.
Please call 01297 529255 to book an appointment.