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Your Childs first visit

What happens in the First visit

Your child’s first Dentist exam should be within 6 months after the first tooth comes in and no later than their 1st birthday. The purpose of the first visit is to build a trusting relationship with your child. A dental visit at an early age for a ‘check-up’ and further advice from your dentist is important for the oral health and well-being of your child.

Besides checking for tooth decay and any other problems, your dentist can inform you about good oral hygiene habits as well as assess if there are any adverse habits such as thumb sucking or nursing bottle caries. Starting dental visits at an early age will help the child feel more relaxed at consequent visits.

Tips for parent on the First visit

As a parent, you can help make your child’s first visit to the dentist positive and enjoyable. Be sure to inform your child of the visit and its purpose, but take care in how you present it. You may want to show your child photos of the dentist and other happy children on our website. Please avoid using words that cause fear such as “needle” or “drill”, as this can put fear in a child. Most importantly, please don't tell your child that the experience could be painful.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany their child during the initial exam. This gives us the opportunity to communicate directly with you about your child’s dental health.




frequently Asked Questions about Paediatric Dentistry Johannesburg

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Rinse the irritated area with warm water and use floss to dislodge any food that might be stuck in the tooth or gums.

If the face is swollen, place a cold compress on the area and call our office immediately. A swollen face is a sign of a very serious infection requiring prompt attention.

When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

We recommend that a child is seen within six months after his first tooth arrives or by one-year-old, whichever is first.

We recommend that you schedule an appointment with us around your child’s first birthday.

How can I prepare my child for their first dental appointment?

The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our practice is maintaining a positive attitude as children easily pick up on adults’ apprehensions and anxiety. If you make negative comments about going to a dentist, your child will get scared and act accordingly.

Tell your child about the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Remember that our pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and we will do our best to putting children at ease during their treatment.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

We generally recommend scheduling checkups every six months. We may recommend more frequent visits if circumstances dictate it.

How can I help my child avoid cavities?

Be sure that your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste. Flossing daily is also important, because it can remove food debris between teeth that toothbrush bristles cannot reach.

Limit snacking, and eat a healthy diet. By taking your child for regular check-up appointments we can monitor the health of your child’s teeth and provide professional cleanings.

My child plays sports. How can I protect his teeth?

We recommend mouth guards for children active in sports. If your child plays sports, ask us about the mouthguards that protect the teeth.

frequently Asked Questions about Paediatric Dentistry Johannesburg

1. What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Rinse the irritated area with warm water and use floss to dislodge any food that might be stuck in the tooth or gums.
If the face is swollen, place a cold compress on the area and call our office immediately. A swollen face is a sign of a very serious infection requiring prompt attention.

2. When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

We recommend that a child is seen within six months after his first tooth arrives or by one-year-old, whichever is first.
We recommend that you schedule an appointment with us around your child’s first birthday.

3. How can I prepare my child for their first dental appointment?

The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our practice is maintaining a positive attitude as children easily pick up on adults’ apprehensions and anxiety. If you make negative comments about going to a dentist, your child will get scared and act accordingly.
Tell your child about the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Remember that our pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and we will do our best to putting children at ease during their treatment.

4. How often should my child visit the dentist?

The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our practice is maintaining a positive attitude as children easily pick up on adults’ apprehensions and anxiety. If you make negative comments about going to a dentist, your child will get scared and act accordingly.
Tell your child about the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Remember that our pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and we will do our best to putting children at ease during their treatment.

5. How can I help my child avoid cavities?

Be sure that your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste. Flossing daily is also important, because it can remove food debris between teeth that toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
Limit snacking, and eat a healthy diet. By taking your child for regular check-up appointments we can monitor the health of your child’s teeth and provide professional cleanings.

6. My child plays sports. How can I protect his teeth?

We recommend mouth guards for children active in sports. If your child plays sports, ask us about the mouthguards that protect the teeth.