At myDentist West Ryde we pride ourselves in providing the best experience for kids
We strive to create positive lasting experiences at the dentist through our selective use of words and show and tell. We avoid words that may frighten children. Our goal is not to fool children but to use words that create a positive experience. As your child grows in confidence we will adjust our word choice to reflect their maturity
Here are some examples of words that we use:
|Needle ❌||Sleepy Juice ✅|
|Drill ❌||Whistle brush or Mr Bumpy ✅|
|Decay ❌||Sugar bug hole ✅|
|Suction ❌||Straw or Mr. Thirsty ✅|
Frequently Asked Questions:
- At what age should my child start visiting the dentist?
When your child have their first set of teeth (usually 3 years of age) your child can visit the dentist to start with an easy and enjoyable visit to familiarise being at the dentist. Usually the visit involves a ride in the chair and a “show and tell” style to get your child comfortable going to the dentist. Usually no treatment is undertaken on their first visit
- When should my child start brushing their teeth?
Parents should brush their child’s teeth as soon as they are present with soft bristles and small head, brushing at least once a day, at bedtime will help reduce the risk of decay
- When should my child start using toothpaste?
Until the age of 3, your child should not use a fluoridated toothpaste due to risk of swallow. Earlier than that clean your child’s teeth with water and a soft toothbrush. After the age of 3, parents should use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, preferably child’s toothpaste with less fluoride content and make sure they do not swallow an excessive amounth
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