At what age should my child visit the dentist?
Your child should visit the dentist as soon as they get their first tooth, or by the age of 1 – whichever comes first. Baby teeth are important for future speech development, esthetics, nutrition, and act as place-holders for adult teeth. As such, it’s important to see a Pediatric Dentist to ensure everything’s on the right track, as well as for preventive care.
What happens at my child’s first visit?
At your very first visit to our dental clinic, our friendly staff will welcome you to our practice and make you feel at home. We’ll go over your son or daughter’s medical history and address any concerns you might have. Our team will then review proper cleaning techniques with you and your child to promote oral health.
We recognize the importance of creating a positive association for your child with the dentist’s office from a young age. That’s why, throughout the first and subsequent visits, we’ll do everything in our power to ensure your child remains comfortable and content. Depending on the age of your child, we may ask them to engage in a familiar activity such as brushing their teeth or playing a game to put them at ease as we familiarize them with the dental process. If they are comfortable, we may then perform an examination and cleaning to help prevent cavities.
What should I bring on my child’s first visit?
For your child’s first visit to our dental office, please print and fill out a New Patient Form which can be found here. These forms are also available at our front desk, but for your convenience we’ve included them on our website to save you time. Additionally, all first time patients should bring information about their insurance provider, as well as a referral slip and dental radiographs from previous dentists when possible.
What about children with special needs?
Dr. Mahal happily welcomes children with special needs to his practice. Pediatric Dentists receive extra years of training which enable them to provide a high-quality of care to children, including those with special needs. As a result of his training, years of experience working with children, and compassion, Dr. Mahal is equipped to provide thorough and professional care to children with special needs.
How do I pay for my child’s visit?
Our dental office accepts various forms of payment for your convenience, including Debit, Credit (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), and Insurance Coverage plans.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
We suggest booking an appointment every 6 months, as recommended by Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry