Taking children to the dentist is necessary to keep their teeth healthy and to promote sound oral health habits. However, a trip to the dentist can be quite scary for a child.
Our approach is to get the children to come in a little earlier for their appointment so that they can play, relax and take their mind off their toothache. Then, very informally, we show them to the chair for their treatment.
A nanny is available for the supervision and care of the children, whether it’s in the playground or in the pool. Feel free to bring your own nanny, especially if your children are younger.
A child-friendly waiting room that opens up onto the outside play area is available too. Please remember that the children do play at their own risk.
As a paediatric dental practice, we deal with children from birth through to adolescence as well as those children with special needs.
Dr Ravena Naidoo has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric dentistry and interceptive orthodontic dentistry.
To help young children get a sense of what to expect when they visit the dentist, we often tell the story of Livie and Stone, two teddy bears who have to have their teeth checked by the friendly dentist.