A child’s experience at the dentist can influence how he feels about the dentist throughout his life. When a child is well prepared for what happens during his visit, whether it is a dental exam, routine cleaning or more extensive treatment, your child will be able to fully benefit from his experience.
All procedures should be explained to children in an age-appropriate way so that they understand what is about to happen. Our dentists also encourage parental involvement in order to get through the procedure with a minimum of fear and discomfort.
The team at Monk Dental center staff is trained to use basic behavior management techniques to make all pediatric procedures a pleasant experience for both children and parents. Before any intervention, our doctors will take the time to explain and show your child what will happen. At the end of the appointment, the dentist always meets with the parents to give them a detailed description of the work done, share follow-up instructions, issue prescriptions and answer any questions they may have. Each child is also allowed to choose a small souvenir from the treasure chest at the end of their appointment.
If you can, don’t hesitate to bring your child along when you come to our dental center so they can see that a dental appointment is part of the routine and it shouldn’t be feared. Of course, if you are undergoing a major procedure, it may be better to leave them at home.
Set an example through your own behavior and teach your child good dental hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, from an early age. Good dental care during childhood leads to good habits in adulthood and prevents many problems of tooth decay and gum disease later in life. The earlier a child is exposed to a regular dental maintenance routine, the more likely he or she is to develop good habits that will keep a healthy smile for life.
The first “real” visit to the dentist is usually recommended around your child’s first birthday or six months later. This visit is usually very brief. Our team may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the exam or simply hold his hand to reassure him. We will then gently examine your child’s teeth and take x-rays to reveal any cavities that are not visible to the naked eye and to check the progress of the permanent teeth under the gums. We will then carefully clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride to protect them from cavities. Before you leave, we will take the time to discuss cleaning and hygiene at home and give you some good tips to help you with your daily dental routine.
Our practice is located in Montreal and provides dental care for children from infancy through adolescence. We are proud to offer a professional environment that is safe, caring and comfortable for you and your children.
Monk Dental Center in Montreal (Ville-Émard) offers general dentistry, family dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, denturology and much more. Our clinic is at the cutting edge of technology and our team is very proud to help the residents of the city of Montreal achieve healthy and radiant smiles! We are always accepting new patients.