Redwood Dental Centre - Thunder Bay

Child’s First Appointment in Thunder Bay

The first visit to a dental office is a crucial milestone in a child's life, as it establishes the fundamental principles of oral health that will have a lasting impact throughout their lifetime.
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A Lifetime Of Smiles Starts With A Good Foundation

Empower your children with a strong foundation in oral hygiene habits, nurturing their progress as they blossom into radiant smiles. Recognizing the unique challenges and rewards of family care, we appreciate the importance of providing special attention to children. A healthy smile holds significant value during childhood, and we are dedicated to setting them on the optimal trajectory through personalized guidance tailored to their individual needs. Together, let’s embark on a journey that prioritizes their oral health and ensures they embark on the right path for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

Getting Ready For Your First Appointment

Encourage open communication with your child regarding their upcoming visit to the dentist. The primary goal of their initial appointment is to create a relaxed and enjoyable experience while fostering a positive rapport with the dentist. It’s natural for some individuals to feel a bit anxious when unsure of what to expect. To alleviate any apprehension, here’s a glimpse of what your child can anticipate during their first appointment:

Talk and Listen

Our team will engage in open conversations with both you and your child, ensuring clear explanations of the procedures and their purpose. Additionally, we will introduce your child to some of the tools we utilize, making them feel more familiar with their presence. Our communication style is specifically tailored to be kid-friendly, ensuring that we break down any technical jargon and provide easy-to-understand explanations. Our aim is to create a comfortable and reassuring environment so that your child feels at ease throughout the process. You’ll soon discover that there’s nothing frightening about our approach – we’re here to make your child’s experience as positive as possible.

Gently Examine

During the visit, we will conduct a gentle examination of your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall oral health. This thorough examination allows us to identify any areas of concern or tricky spots that may require additional attention at home. We will provide you with personalized guidance tailored to your child’s specific needs. Furthermore, we will make a note to pay special attention to those areas during the next appointment, ensuring comprehensive care and addressing any potential issues proactively.


As part of the process, we may request your child to demonstrate their toothbrushing technique, allowing us to provide gentle instructions on how to enhance their oral hygiene routine at home. We welcome any questions you or your child may have regarding dental health, and we are eager to address them thoroughly. Our goal is to ensure that both you and your child feel empowered with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain excellent dental hygiene.

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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.

Redwood Dental Centre - Thunder Bay

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Dr. Ameen is the winner of the 3 Best Rated award for Best Cosmetic Dentists in Thunder Bay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, your child’s first teeth will begin to emerge around the age of 6 months. It is advisable for children to have their first dental visit by the age of 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth eruption. However, if you notice any signs of discomfort, pain, or if you suspect any issues, we recommend scheduling an appointment promptly. It’s never too late for a child to have their inaugural dental visit, and we are here to provide the necessary care and attention whenever you deem it necessary.

Baby teeth are no less important than adult teeth. Parents should understand that baby teeth do so much more than hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth. Children’s teeth can permanently affect how their face appears, how they smile and how often they smile. Children who are free to develop confidence and smile big in their early years tend to hang on to those habits. Dental pain, even mild pain that children learn to normalize, will have a lasting negative impact on children’s eating habits including how they chew, what kind of food they prefer and how much food they eat.

The duration of the appointment will vary based on the individual needs of the child and their level of cooperation during the examination. Generally, an appointment tends to last approximately one hour, allowing ample time for a comprehensive evaluation and any necessary procedures. However, please note that we prioritize the comfort and well-being of your child, so we will adapt the appointment length accordingly to ensure a positive and stress-free experience.

After your first appointment, your child should come to the dentist as frequently as you do. We recommend a checkup and cleaning every 6 months unless otherwise specified. If your child has a tooth or jaw ache if you notice them rubbing or nursing their jaw a lot or if you notice them avoiding hard or cold foods please book an appointment sooner.

Your oral health encompasses more than just your teeth; it comprises a complex system involving your tongue, gums, cheeks, glands, ligaments, joints, bones, and beyond. When any aspect of your oral health is compromised, it affects your entire mouth. Symptoms like swollen, itchy, sore, or bleeding gums can serve as early indicators of potentially significant underlying issues. It is crucial to pay attention to these warning signs, as they could signify a more serious problem that requires attention and prompt dental care. By addressing these symptoms proactively, you can protect the well-being of your entire oral system.

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