HOW TO BE PREPARE? THREE LITTLE TIPS !
- L’épisode de Passe-Partout : Feuilles d’automne (in french)
- Caillou’s episode : Caillou at the dentist
- François Daxhelet’s book : Cajoline chez le dentist (in french)
- Dora The Explorer : Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit To The Dentist
HOW DOES THE FIRST VISIT GO?
For babies aged 6 months to 1 year, the mouth examination is done knee-to-knee. The dentist and parent sit facing each other and baby has his head on the dentist’s thighs and his feet towards the parent. The examination lasts only a few minutes. It consists mainly of looking at the teeth in the mouth, the mucous membranes and the attachment of the labial and lingual frenums. The rest of the visit is mainly advice and recommendations to the parent.
For children over 1 year old, depending on their cooperation, it may be possible to have them sit alone, or with the parent, on the chair. Gradually, as the visits progress, the chair will be tilted and new instruments will be shown.
I often advise the parent to accompany their child to the room for the first visit. However, I invite the parent to wait in the waiting room as soon as the child is cooperative enough to sit on the chair alone. The reason is very simple. In my experience, the child cooperates much better without the parent in the room. Dentists have different approaches to this. Talk to your dentist to find out how he or she handles it.
Parents are key players in the oral health of their children. I therefore invite you to take your children to a dentist as a preventive measure. You will not only contribute to making a positive impact on their health, but you will also offer them the opportunity to grow up avoiding the fear of the dentist.
Dr. Sabrine Amrani
Dentist at Tran Viet Dental Clinic
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