What do you get when you put a room full of excited 4 year-olds together? A lot of fun !
We just love to see happy children with healthy smiles visit our clinic – the Specialist Dental Group team was delighted to host the visit of 28 children from Little Skool House for a dental field trip on March 14, 2012.
Dr Daylene Leong, our friendly dentist with specialty training in periodontics (gum treatment), bonded with the children through an interactive story-telling and Question-and-Answer session. We were impressed that many of the little ones were so knowledgeable about their teeth. Their parents and teachers have done a great job!
It’s fun to visit the dental clinic
Our dental nurses also introduced our little friends to the clinic and showed them all the cool and fun things that the dental instruments could do – from the high-tech dental chairs that could “rock and roll,” to the very thirsty mommy straw and the special blue light that could harden the “playdoh” in seconds.
We hope that the kids had a great time visiting us, and more importantly, that they have learned to see a visit to the dentist as a positive experience. This will go a long way to getting them started on the right track to lifelong healthy teeth and gums.
When should a child first visit the dentist?
We often get asked when is the right time to bring a child for his or her first dental visit – the answer – as soon as they have teeth!
Ideally, parents should bring their children with them when they themselves go for their dental appointments, so that the child will become exposed to the dentist and clinic environment in a stress-free manner. This way, the child will be more likely to have a positive memory of the dentist and clinic.
Most people, however, tend to wait until their child has more teeth before taking them for their first dental appointment. Thus, we recommend that parents bring their children for a check-up between 1 and 2 years of age. It is important to establish a relationship with the dentist at an early age – your dentist or pedodontist (specialist in children’s dentistry) is your partner in ensuring that any potential dental issues are identified and addressed at the early stages, and that your child’s dental development is proceeding smoothly. For more information, visit our Children’s Dentistry page. We would be happy to assist with your enquiries or book an appointment for your child.