Your child’s first visit with us
Many parents are anxious because they do not know what to expect and how their child will behave. Here is what you can do to make your child’s visit as pleasant as possible:
What to expect on the first visit
Parents should accompany their child on the first visit. You can expect the following:
Preparing your child for his/her first visit
At the first visit, the dentist will usually acclimatize your child to procedures such as examination using a mouth mirror, and maybe even tooth cleaning. (For children under 2 years old, please click here.)Dos
At what age should my child first see a dentist?
Ideally, it is best to take your child to the dentist when he/she is between 6 to 12 months of age. This allows the dentist to:
The Infant Oral Health Clinic at NDCS provides these services within its preventive programme for your child.
Why should I take my child to a dentist? The baby teeth are going to fall out anyway.
Your child's first set of teeth, the primary teeth, are extremely important. Strong, healthy primary teeth help your child to chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and look good. Also, your child's general health can be affected if decayed primary teeth are not treated early. Primary teeth also hold the spaces for permanent teeth to erupt into good positions.
To ensure that your child’s first dental visit is a pleasant one, you should bring him/ her to a dentist before dental problems develop.
How often should my child see the dentist?
Regular dental visits can save time, money and your child's teeth. It is generally recommended that children visit the dentist every six months. However, there is no set rule since each child has different dental needs. Your dentist can advise you on the most appropriate recall interval for your child.
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