Children should be seen for their first dental visit by the age of one as recommended by both the Canadian Dental Association and Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. By seeing children and infants at an early age, we can assess their risk for developing dental disease and teach good oral care to encourage a life time of oral health.
What To Expect
At this visit you will be requested to complete a questionnaire that helps us determine the best approach to care. To save time and waiting you may click here to download these forms to complete and bring to the initial consultation. Please bring a complete list of any medications including homeopathic or herbal remedies that your child may be using. Some children also like to bring a drawing or picture of their family as a way to introduce themselves to our team.
You and your child will first be seen in a family-friendly room where you will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions. Dr. Friedman and Dr. Ari may request that x-rays or photos be taken. Dental radiographs help diagnose early cavities, abscessed teeth, cysts, congenitally missing teeth and root fractures. We use digital radiographic techniques and equipment to ensure a minimum radiation exposure and the highest level of safety for your child.
We ask that you allow for at least an hour to ensure our team has the time to assess and discuss all the needs and recommendations for your child’s care. Please do not expect any treatment to be completed at this consultation. The first dental visit should be enjoyable and positive and allow us to build a relationship of trust with the child
New parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?”
The short answer is “First visit by first birthday” or sooner if there are any concerns.
The purpose of the age 1 dental visit is to learn about your child’s oral health and how to best care for your child’s unique needs before any problems occur. Many dental problems can be prevented or more easily treated in the early stages. It’s important to find a dentist you trust and an office where you feel comfortable. At this first visit, you will get your questions answered and start to build a relationship
To prevent early childhood cavities, parents first have to find out their child’s risk of developing cavities. They also need to learn how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems. But cavities aren’t all that parents need to learn about their child’s dental health.
The age 1 dental visit lets parents discuss:
- How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
- Ways to manage the risk of developing cavities
- Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking and soothers
- Teething and milestones of development
- The link between diet and oral health
- How to respond to potential traumas