When should my child have his first appointment at the dentist?
It is recommended to make the first appointment at the age of two. The first visit at the dentist will
be a key moment to establish trust between your child, the dentist and the hygienist. On this occasion,
the dentist can provide information about baby bottle, tooth decay, infant feeding, cleaning of the
mouth, teeth, pacifiers and thumb sucking.
What should I tell my child before the first visit?
Do not tell your child that he will not feel pain. Your child will automatically link dentist and pain.
Instead, tell him that it will be fun, that we will count all his teeth. Also, there are several kids books on
the market, showing the first visit at the dentist. It is a fun way to illustrate the first
What will his first appointment be like?
For younger children, you may be asked to sit on the dentist's chair with your child on your lap.
This is the best way to reassure your child through your proximity. For older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room, once the initial contact is established with the dentist. This way, the
child's cooperation becomes easier. Let the dentist and his staff members supply instructions and
explanations. If you are required to stay in the room, please do not interfere with the dentist or staff
members. This way, the child's cooperation becomes easier.
What should I do after my child's fist visit?
It is important to follow the recommendations provided by the dentist or his staff following the
visit. Make a point to brush your child's teeth twice a day and use dental floss appropriately. Monitor
your child's diet and avoid giving him sweets before bedtime.
Is it safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy?
Everyone knows that it is important to take care of our teeth. But during pregnancy, it becomes
even more important. Indeed, during this period, hormonal changes and morning sickness can affect
the health of teeth and gums. If you are pregnant, you should pay special attention to your oral health.
Negligence could result in negative consequences for you and your baby.
Can I have dental X-ray if I'm pregnant?
When you are pregnant, it is best to avoid routine dental x-rays. However, in special emergency
cases, X-ray may be required. In this case, your dentist will place on your abdomen a lead apron to
protect your baby from exposure to radiation. In addition, it is possible for you to receive a local
anesthetic and antibiotics as needed.