- Be positive and talk about the trip to the dentist in a fun and exciting way.
- Don’t pass any dental anxiety you have onto the child.
- Have the child practise opening their mouth – you could even turn it into a game.
- Schedule the appointment when the child will be wide awake.
- Win them over by offering them a special post appointment surprise (as long as it isn’t sweets!).
- If a Fluoride treatment has been applied, the child must not eat or drink for 30 minutes. This will allow the Fluoride to have the full effect.
- To ensure more effective treatment and healing, maintain good plaque control by performing the right home oral care procedures as prescribed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
- You may experience some discomfort initially following deep gum cleaning. If so take an analgesic such as ibuprofen as directed.
- To reduce any temporary sensitivity that you might feel as your gum tissue heals, try a desensitising toothpaste until the discomfort fades. We also recommend applying the toothpaste to the affected area with your finger tips before bed and don’t rinse for 30 minutes.
- It’s ok to take any regular medication and eat regular meals prior to your appointment.
- If you have changed your medications, prepare a list so we can update your medical records.
- If you have undergone a Fluoride treatment, avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes afterwards to ensure it has a full effect.