Your Child’s First Visit
Smile Craft Dental is a family oriented dental practice and we love seeing children. Our friendly dental team will always go out of our way to make sure your chid feels relaxed and comfortable during dental visits.
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s second birthday when we will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. First dental visits usually involve very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair with your child in your lap. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during their visit so that a rapport can be built between your child and our dentist. It will depend on how comfortable your chid feels at visiting a dentist.
We might need to take x-rays to find decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. Most important of all, we will discuss with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. Please feel free to ask any questions you have about their dental care.
Some First Visit Tips:
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Talk with them about what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences
What Will Happen During The First Visit With Your Dentist?
- Examination of your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
- Check to see if your child needs fluoride
- Teach you about cleaning your child’s teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
What About Preventive Care?
At Smile Craft Dental, we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they are important to chewing, biting, speech, and appearance.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference. Thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva that allows more acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
Tips For Cavity Prevention
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Watch what you drink.
- Avoid sticky foods.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
Our Newcastle practice is located at Elermore Shopping Centre, 137 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale NSW 2287. You can contact us on (02) 4048 0882.
Our Tuncurry practice is located at 2/25 Manning St, Tuncurry NSW 2428 and you can call us on (02) 6555 8989.
Our Wingham practice is located at 1/101 Isabella St, Wingham NSW 2429. You can contact us on (02) 6553 0220.
Our Willoughby practice is located at 61 Edinburgh Rd Willoughby East NSW 2068. You can contact us on (02) 9958 6458.