August 12, 2015

Baby’s First Dental Visit

The Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (CAPD) are very clear on the timing of baby’s first dental visit. All children should have their first dental visit by age 1 (read here). The baby’s first dental visit serves many functions and benefits.

 

Education Session for Parents

Parents want to do what is best for their baby. But if you do not have the most up-to date information, then you will not be able to do what is best for your child. At the baby’s first dental visit with a pediatric dentist, the parents will have a chance to discuss how to best take care of children’s teeth. We discuss many different topics in depth, covering the topics including but not limited to: breast feeding, bottle feeding, nighttime feeding, brushing technique, when to start flossing, thumb sucking habits, soother habits, fluoride in water and toothpaste, how to deal with an uncooperative child when brushing, ideal time to wean your child off soother, tongue-tie, lip-tie, etc.

 

Prevention Session for Your Child

We will check for cavities, gum disease, growth and development of jaw. Cavities are the most common disease in Canadian children. Prevention of cavities is much better and easier than fixing cavities. It is important for your child to become comfortable in a dental office and build a positive relationship with a dentist and dental staff to last a lifetime.

 

Establishing a Dental Home

We talked about the importance of a dental home here. A dental home can be especially important in a case of emergency. In this stressful situation, you will know who to contact and your child will already be comfortable with the dentist.

 

Your Role During the Visit

You will hold your baby in your lap while we exam your child in knee-to-knee position (Not sure what it is? Watch a video here). You holding your baby helps with the fear and anxiety. We will be able to examine your baby’s teeth thoroughly in knee-to-knee position.

 

Dr. Ella Choi is a certified specialist in pediatric dentistry serving Surrey, White Rock, Delta and Langley in Beautiful British Columbia.

 

“Dr. Choi and her staff at Playtime Pediatric Dentistry were amazing with my 3 year old son who needed to get a cavity filled. Going to the appointment I was anxious about how my son would react and about the effects of sedation. When I walked into Dr. Choi's dental practice I felt immediately more at ease. From the very child-appealing decor, to their patient and caring approach, Dr. Ella and her staff know that treating children is about much more than completing a dental procedure. They were very skilled in making my son feel as comfortable as possible and have everything set up to make things go smoothly. I was very impressed and would highly recommend Dr. Choi to other parents. Michelle Q.”