Guelph Family Dentistry - Guelph

Child’s First Appointment in Guelph

Setting the Foundation for a Lifetime of Oral Health
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Building a Strong Foundation for Lifelong Smiles

Help your kids build strong oral hygiene habits and keep tabs on their progress as they grow into healthy, beautiful smiles. We understand that family care can be both challenging and rewarding, especially when it comes to kids. A healthy smile is crucial for a happy childhood, so let us provide personalized guidance to get them on the right path.

Getting Ready For Your First Appointment

Preparing for your child’s first dental appointment can help alleviate any nervousness and ensure a smooth visit. Start by scheduling the appointment during a time when your child is well-rested and has eaten a light meal to avoid hunger pangs during the visit. Here’s what your child can expect during their first appointment:

Talk and Listen

Our team will communicate with you and your child, providing a clear explanation of the procedures and their purpose. We will also introduce your child to some of the tools we use, in a way that is easy for kids to understand. Our goal is to create a comfortable and reassuring atmosphere for your child, and we speak in a friendly and approachable manner. You’ll see that there’s nothing to fear from our dental office.

Gentle Approach to Dental Checkups

During our examination, we’ll take a gentle approach to assess your child’s overall oral health, including their gums, tongue, and teeth. This thorough checkup allows us to identify any areas of concern or tricky spots that may require extra attention at home. Our team will provide you with personalized guidance to help maintain your child’s oral health, and we’ll also make a note to pay special attention to those areas during future appointments.


As part of our approach to promoting good dental habits, we may ask your child to demonstrate their brushing technique and offer gentle instructions on how to enhance their routine at home. We are always happy to answer any questions that you or your child may have about dental health. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the guidance you need to maintain a healthy smile.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is recommended that children should have their first dental visit by the age of 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting, whichever comes first. This early visit allows the dentist to check for any potential problems, provide guidance on proper oral care, and establish a positive dental experience for your child.

Baby teeth are important for proper chewing, speech development, guiding permanent teeth, and promoting facial structure. They play a crucial role in your child’s overall oral health and development.

The length of your child’s first dental appointment may vary, but it typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes. This allows enough time for our team to conduct a thorough examination, discuss any concerns, and provide personalized guidance on oral care. If any additional treatments are required, the appointment may take longer. We strive to ensure that your child’s first visit is a positive experience and will do our best to keep them comfortable throughout the entire appointment.

The frequency of dental visits for children can vary depending on their individual needs and oral health. However, as a general guideline, the Canadian Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings. This helps to prevent and detect any potential oral health problems early on, and allows for personalized guidance on proper oral care. If your child has specific dental issues or conditions, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits to ensure optimal oral health.

Your mouth is more than just your teeth – it’s a whole team including your tongue, gums, cheeks, glands, ligaments, joints, bone, and more! If one part of your mouth isn’t feeling great, it can affect your entire team. If your gums are swollen, itchy, sore, or bleeding, it’s a sign that your mouth needs some extra care. Let’s work together to keep your whole mouth healthy and happy!

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