Seaway Family Dental - Cornwall

Child’s First Appointment in Cornwall

A child's initial visit to the dental office establishes a crucial base for lifelong oral health.
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A Lifetime Of Smiles Starts With A Good Foundation

Empower your children with a strong foundation in good oral hygiene practices, and keep an eye on their development as they grow into their lovely smiles. We recognize the unique challenges and joys of caring for a family, and understand that children require extra attention and care. A healthy smile is a vital aspect of childhood, so let’s set them on the right path with tailored guidance suited to their individual needs

Getting Ready For Your First Appointment

It’s a good idea to chat with your child about their upcoming dental visit. The primary goal of this first appointment is for your child to feel at ease, enjoy the experience, and begin forming a positive connection with the dentist. Uncertainty about what to expect can sometimes cause nervousness. To help, here’s an overview of what your child can anticipate during their initial visit.

Talk and Listen

We’ll engage both you and your child in conversation, explaining what we’re going to do and why, and introduce your child to some of the tools we use. Our approach is to use kid-friendly language and demystify any dental jargon, ensuring that your child feels as comfortable and reassured as possible. You’ll see, a visit to the dentist isn’t scary at all!

Gently Examine

We will conduct a gentle examination of your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall oral health. This exam will help identify any areas of concern or specific spots that might require extra attention at home. We’ll offer personalized advice tailored to your child’s needs and make a note to focus on those areas during the next appointment.


We may request your child to demonstrate how they brush their teeth, followed by offering gentle guidance on enhancing their brushing technique at home. We are eager to address any questions you or your child might have about dental health.

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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

Typically, children begin to have their first teeth erupt around the age of 6 months. It is highly recommended that children visit the dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing. If you have any concerns about your child’s oral health or suspect any discomfort or pain, we urge you to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. It’s never too late for a child to have their initial dental visit, and we are here to provide the necessary care and support.

It’s crucial for parents to recognize that baby teeth hold significant importance, comparable to adult teeth. Beyond merely preserving space for permanent teeth, baby teeth play a pivotal role in shaping a child’s facial appearance, their smile, and their frequency of smiling. When children are encouraged to develop confidence and freely express their smiles during their early years, they tend to maintain these positive habits. Conversely, dental pain, even if it’s mild and normalized by children, can have long-lasting adverse effects on their eating habits. It can influence how they chew, their food preferences, and the quantity of food they consume.

The duration of the appointment will vary based on the specific needs of the child and their level of cooperation during the examination. On average, an appointment typically lasts approximately one hour.

Following the initial appointment, it is recommended that your child visits the dentist with the same frequency as you do. We suggest scheduling a checkup and cleaning every 6 months, unless there are specific instructions provided. However, if your child experiences tooth or jaw pain, frequently rubs or nurses their jaw, or avoids consuming hard or cold foods, we advise booking an appointment sooner to address the issue promptly.

Your mouth encompasses more than just your teeth. It constitutes an entire system comprising teeth, tongue, gums, cheeks, glands, ligaments, joints, bones, and more. When any aspect of your oral health deteriorates, it affects your entire mouth. Swollen, itchy, sore, or bleeding gums can serve as an early warning sign of a potentially more significant issue.

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