When Kyo started complaining at 24 months old that her teeth hurt,we decided it was time to take her for a routine check up at the dentist. We searched online and found Kids Dental World at Mt Elizabeth Novena. Then we gave them a call and arranged for a first appointment in a week's time. We were told it would likely take more than half an hour for a kid's first dental consultation, and to try and arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment for registration.
We really wanted Kyo to enjoy her first experience with a dentist so once her appointment was confirmed,we introduced her to a video on YouTube "Peppa Pig's Dentist Trip" so that she can have some idea what to expect when she goes to the dentist.
It really helped to arrive early and to ensure the appointment was either before lunch or after her usual nap time.
When Kyo saw the dentist's patient chair she was slightly afraid so the dentist assured her she could sit on Grandma instead. The dentist then took out a book with pop out animals and
used it to guide Kyo through the whole check up. First they brushed lion's teeth, then they used a mirror to check lion's teeth. After Lion's
turn, it was Kyo's turn and so forth.
We successfully managed to do checking and even flossing with this method. Kyo really liked the female dentist and allowed her access to her set of pearlies without resistance. As a reward, the dentist also gave her a pink toothbrush at the end of the checkup. The dentist also spent quite a bit of time asking Mummy about Kyo's diet and daily routine before giving advice on how to look after her baby teeth and prevent cavities. Basically it was 1. Brush after milk and just before bed 2. Use toothpaste with flouride for cavity prevention 3. Allow a sweet treat only once a week if possible 4. Take sweet foods like fruit together with meals and not in between meals so that saliva can help break down the sugar 5. Have an annual routine dental check
Luckily for us, Kyo did not have a cavity so she did not have to go through any other invasive treatment. Her pain was diagnosed as due to teething of the final molars at both sides of the inside of her mouth.
Although Kids Dental World consultation fee was not cheap, it was worth every cent given how punctual they were to ensure the child does not need to wait too long for his turn (prolonging anticipation of the visit). Their technique of using visual materials and animals help children have an understanding of what to expect, hence reducing unnecessary fear factors. The clinic also has lots of toys, books and tv to distract the child should he feel uneasy. Most importantly the dentist gave a kind and friendly vibe, which is so important for reassuring children!