Your child’s dental visits – what to expect

Most dentists recommend that your child has their first dental check-up before their first birthday, followed by six-monthly visits thereafter.

It’s a good idea to choose a child-friendly practice for your child’s first few visits. The staff will be used to dealing with children and will be able to put your youngster at ease.

Make a list for the dentist of any medical conditions your child has, including any drugs they’re taking, and note down if your child sucks their thumb or uses a dummy. This is important information, as a child with a sucking habit may be at risk of developing problems with their jaw or teeth if the habit is allowed to go unchecked for a long time.

What to expect at the dental clinic

The initial visit should just be for a check-up. The dentist should introduce themselves to the child before taking the time to explain what the procedure will involve and showing the child the tools that will be used. The spitting cup can sometimes be a little scary, as it makes a strange sucking noise. The dentist will show the child how the cup works and may demonstrate, before asking the child to have a go.

The next step is cleaning and polishing the child’s teeth. Your child will be given goggles to protect their eyes from spray and toothpaste splats. The dentist will run the electric rotary brush for a minute or so to allow the child to become accustomed to the noise before he begins. There should also be an external demonstration of how the sucking straw works to remove saliva and toothpaste, as this can be a potentially frightening experience for a child.

When the check-up is complete, a good dentist will give your child an overview of how to brush their teeth. They should make this a fun learning experience, possibly by using finger puppets, models and an oversized toothbrush.

To find out more, contact one of our expert London dentists today.