Family Dentist: Dr. Tina Dhillon
When do I bring my child to see Dr. Tina for the first time?
Six months following the eruption of their first tooth is the short answer to this question. Dr. Tina and her dental team are here to build the foundation for an oral health plan that will span the life of your child. This first visit is critical for Dr. Tina to examine the health and eruption pattern of their teeth.
What could you expect at the first visit?
“Fun time!” is the call for the day. We would like your child to feel supported and relaxed as they meet Dr. Tina for the first time. In meeting this aim, we encourage parents to join their child as they enter the dental operatory, and to sit with them as they take a “play-ride” trip in the dental chair.
A “tell, show, and do” approach to their first exam will follow. Your child will be guided to explore the dental equipment and instruments as they experience their first exam with Dr. Tina. Depending on how they feel, we will continue on to a professional cleaning with our “electric brush,” “crunchy toothpaste,” and “Mr. Slurpy.”
In addition to establishing a relationship between Dr. Tina and your child, the goal of the first dental visit is to offer support and education to the parents.
In addressing your child’s dental needs, we would like to support a collaborative relationship between you and your child by providing parents with important dental information to further effect homecare dental practices.
Here’s a summary of what you can expect to be discussed on your child’s first dental visit:
- Age-appropriate hygiene practices
- Teamwork strategies addressing your child’s resistance to both brushing and flossing as well as to your attempts to assist them
- Eruption patterns of teeth – When to expect the first wiggly tooth and “Shark Teeth,” or how to deal with over-retained teeth
- Orthodontic considerations specific to your child
- Fluoride (in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and professional applications) and the benefits to your child’s teeth
- Xylitol mouth rinses – “What is this and why do I need to know about it?”
- Review diet strategies that are “teeth smart”
- Preventative considerations addressing “Nursing Caries” or “Early Childhood Caries”
- First dental x-rays – when to take them
- Preventative dental treatment – Fissure Sealants
- Dental emergencies – Sports Guards and preventing the Avulsed tooth
Dr. Tina and her dental team are looking forward to meeting the younger members of your family and addressing all of your family’s ongoing dental needs.
If you have any specific questions or concerns, you can submit them online on our CONTACT US page and a member of our dental staff will respond back to you. If you prefer to speak with Dr. Tina Dhillon directly, you can call 604.922.0144 to book a consultation as she will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to your next visit with us!
Diane, Assistant to Dr. Tina Dhillon, DMD
DR. TINA DHILLON: FAMILY, COSMETIC, IMPLANT & INVISALIGN DENTIST