Often the dentist has a poor image among adults, and this is a problem that originates in transmission, for no particular reason, of the fear of the dentist from adults to children. If you want your child never to develop a fear of the dentist, the first visit to the dentist must be successful.
The David & Cloutier Dental Health Clinic — your dentist in Montréal — has extensive experience with children and the personnel of the Clinic know how to handle their anxiety and fears. The visits are always done with a smile, and even laughs! We provide the required care with the utmost gentleness. Our technique consists in listening, as well as using games, informative magazines both for grown-ups and young ones, music, etc.
We recommend making an appointment when your child is about four years old.
The dentist and the child in 6 articles
During this first visit, the dentist Dr. David or the dentist Dr. Cloutier, as well as the dental hygienist will ensure that a bond of trust is established with your child. They will examine your child’s teeth, perform a tooth cleaning, and review together with you the brushing techniques and the use of dental floss.
Approximately 40% people experience some kind of fear of the dentist. That is why it is important not to transmit this fear to children. Information combined with a positive attitude will reassure the child, and that moment will be decisive for the child’s future. Your help is important before the visit, as well as during and after the visit.
Before the first visit
A variety of books tell the story of a person’s first visit to the dentist.
Read one of these stories to your child.
- Explain to your child what the dentist will do.
- The day before, go over the details of the visit with your child.
- Never tell your child that it will not hurt during the visit at the dentist.
During the visit
You may be asked to sit in the dentist’s chair, holding your child on your lap during the examination.
In the case of older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room once the first contact is established.
Listen carefully to the instructions and suggestions regarding oral health care for your child.
At all times, it is important to keep a positive attitude about the meeting.
Then ask for a second appointment to be scheduled six months later.
After the visit
Ensure that your child brushes his or her teeth at least twice daily or after each meal.
Floss your child’s teeth once a day.
Keep a watch on your child’s diet and suggest foods that do not contain too much sugar.
Until your child is ten years old, make sure not to forget to brush your child’s teeth at night before bed time.
Suzanne David, dentist in Montreal