Learning About the Basic Child Dentist Health Check
Babies should have their first visit to the dentist when they are six months old or when their teeth start to come in. Hunter New England Local Health District of New South Wales, Australia, looks at what a basic child dentistry health check is like.
The child’s teeth and gums are visually inspected to look for problems.
Even baby teeth can get cavities. It’s best to brush your child’s teeth before the visit to make it easier for the dentist or dental hygienist to check the teeth. Do not give your child a snack after getting the teeth brushed, or this will slow down the dental check-up. You want to make the trip as short as possible.
You may have to sit in the dentist’s chair and hold your child in your lap if the chair is too large for your child or if your child will not sit still. Try not to schedule the appointment during your child’s usual nap time or this could cause a tantrum.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will show you and your child how to brush your child’s teeth. Use small circles and do not press the brush hard against the teeth. Brush after every meal and before bed.