What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

For any new parents, firsts are a big deal, including their first visit to a children’s dentist in Toronto. Many adults and children have anxiety about going to the dentist, but with the proper preparation and a dentist in Leaside you trust, your child’s first dental appointment will be a breeze. For a friendly family and children’s dentist in Toronto you can trust, book a consultation with Dr. Carrie and the Your Neighbourhood Dentist in Leaside. 

Why Should Young Children Go to the Dentist?

children's dentist Leaside, TorontoBecause baby teeth or primary teeth are expected to fall out, the importance of visiting a dentist before adult teeth emerge can sometimes be overlooked. Despite temporary primary teeth, it is still essential that they are examined by an experienced children’s dentist in Toronto. Children are at risk of cavities, tooth decay, gum infections, and tooth alignment problems, even with just one tooth. Early visits to Your Neighbourhood Dentist in Leaside allow for early intervention that can mitigate future dental problems. Read on to learn more about what to expect at your child’s first dental appointment. 

Initial Dental Exams

After settling in, you can expect your dentist to sit with you to discuss your child’s health and dental practices. This conversation will inform the team at Your Neighbourhood Dentist about the current tooth development and oral health. 

After talking to you about your child, your dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums. During this initial exam, you can expect dental x-rays, which will give the children’s dentist better insight into the health of the teeth, revealing any tooth decay between and around the teeth. X-rays will also give dentists a better understanding of how your child’s teeth are developing.

A Comprehensive Cleaning 

Because children are at risk of tooth decay, it’s important to clear the teeth and gums of any plaque or tartar buildup that can advance the progression of cavities. Dr. Carrie and the Your Neighbourhood Dentist team in Leaside will approach teeth cleanings carefully to ensure your little one feels safe and comfortable. During this point, depending on the age of your child, we will floss their teeth to ensure all traces of debris are adequately removed. If your child is old enough, we may also take this opportunity to share simple kid-friendly flossing and dental care tips that will empower your child to maintain good care of their teeth at home. 

Plan for the Future

Based on our exam and x-ray findings, our dentist will sit down with parents following the cleaning to debrief and discuss any future treatments, such as fillings, that your child may require. We will also discuss healthy dental habits and schedule your child’s follow-up appointment. During this time and throughout your visit, the dental team at Your Neighbourhood Dentist is open to answering any and all of your questions, whether you want to know when to stop using a pacifier or how to ensure healthy tooth development. 

Visit a Children’s Dentist in Toronto

We take your child’s dental care very seriously. Contact us today to get more insight into children’s dentistry and the best care tips for your family. 

Book an appointment at Your Neighbourhood Dentist.


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