Children’s first visits
Children’s first visits
Cornerstone Dental encompasses comprehensive dental care for all children, from infancy through to adolescence. Our staff can check if your child is eligible for the government Child Dental Benefits Scheme.
Dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years for children 2-17yrs. Cornerstone Dental is proud to offer bulk-billing for all eligible children that qualify for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme.
A thorough exam will be done to evaluate the health of your child‘s teeth, gums and mouth. Our dentists will evaluate your child‘s growth and development and check to make sure your child‘s oral development is on track, and make child-specific recommendations for the needs of sealants, fluoride and other services based on your child‘s individual needs and habits.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
The time for your baby’s first visit to the dentist is when the first baby tooth is starting to come through or 12 months, whichever is earlier.
Its easy to think that children only need a dental check when they have all their teeth, or can sit in a dental chair all by themselves. Or maybe baby teeth don’t matter because they fall out anyway.
Dental visits are important from an early age. We check overall oral health and development- not just teeth.
Preparing for the first visit
Parents play an important role in making visits to the dentist a positive and enjoyable experience. It’s best not to make a fuss, like it is just as ordinary outing as going to restaurant or hairdresser. Keep words positive: like ‘going for a ride in the dentist’s chair’, ‘play a tooth counting game’. Leading up to the visit you could read a children’s book about going to the dentist, or role play ‘playing dentist’. Keep it simple.
Whatever you do, DON’T:
- tell you child they have to be brave (to be brave there has to be something scarey!)
- use bribes
- tell your child it won’t or will hurt
- use the dentist as a threat or punishment (‘if you don’t brush your teeth the dentist will…”
- be anxious yourself, children can pick up if parents are worried
- use words like ‘needle’, ‘drill’, ‘pull’
Dentists and their staff are well trained to handle kids- if in doubt let the dentist explain and talk everyone through.
At the dentist
Don’t stress if you little one is crying, refuses to open their mouth or is very shy. This is very normal and our professional team is trained to make your baby as comfortable as possible. We won’t push them to a point that they are upset, whether their first visit it just exploring new surrounds, a ride in the chair sitting on mum or dad’s lap, and our focus is nutritional and preventative advice. Sometimes we might manage a clean or brushing techniques. Whatever the goal we always aim for our visits to be fun.
Just remember- this is a milestone occasion! Take some photos to look back and remember the occasion in years to come.