Southwest Dental Care is a friendly, welcoming place for kids - full of books, toys, and coloring pages, designed to pave the way for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
What kinds of dental services do we offer for children?
Our knowledgeable team is fully equipped to offer a complete range of dentistry services to meet the needs of a child's growing mouth, including:
- Custom made sports guards
- Space maintainers, for early orthodontic intervention
- Dental sealants, to protect your child's baby teeth from cavities
- Thumb sucking/habit-breaking appliances to help your child overcome behaviours that could be potentially dangerous to their overall oral health.
What can you expect on your child's first visit?
We take extra special care when introducing children to the dentist's chair because we know how important it is. Our team works hard to ensure that your child's first visit to the dentist is a positive one – paving the way for a lifetime of healthy smiles!
If your child needs a bit of time to feel comfortable, our staff is happy to spend it. Before the appointment starts, we will show them around our office, give them a 'ride' in the dental chair, and give them an up-close look at how some of our 'cool' equipment works.
If your child feels comfortable enough after this process to have their first dental hygiene visit, we will do it immediately. If not, you can choose to bring them back another day when they're ready.
How do I prepare for the first visit?
Here are a few tips to prepare your child for his/her first dental visit and help their first experience go smoothly:
- Make an appointment for a time of day that works best for your child – try to avoid their nap time.
- Try not to convey anxiety to your child. Remain calm and relaxed. Tell your child about the visit, but don't go into detail. Over preparing, or making the visit seem like a “special event" can create anxiety. Let the dentist and hygienist explain and answer your child's questions.
- Be careful what you say around your child. Never let your child hear of any past bad dental visits-either experienced by yourself, siblings or their peers. Be aware not to use words like “needle", “drill", “shot", “pinch", “yank", “pull". Never tell your child that something may or may not “hurt". Keep it simple!
- Do not be alarmed if your child cries during the first visit. Crying is perfectly normal during your child's first visit. Remain positive and supportive, and work with the hygienist during this time.
- Allow some alone time for your child and hygienist. When possible, let your child alone with the dentist and staff. If your child is mature (usually 3 years old and older) it is not uncommon for the dental staff to ask the parent to wait in the reception area. The dental team will create a comfortable environment for your child. The dental team will talk to your child in terms that your child can relate to, as well as help create a positive experience for your child.
Each time your child visits the dentist, the easier it will be if they had a positive, enjoyable experience the first time.
A child's first dental visit is an important milestone in their lives –and in their oral health. We will do all that we can to ensure your child is completely at ease throughout their visit.
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