When we welcome children to our practice, we aim to really educate them.
Education spans different disciplines through various methods, actions and attitudes. Play introduces an element of mutual trust that has helped us provide care in the chair for several children who were destined for general anaesthesia for their dental treatment. This educational approach applies across the board to matters such as weaning off a dummy, orthodontic check-ups, explaining confusing phenomena to parents and children, dental sealants and providing information on conditions that are transmissible through saliva.
To achieve this standard of care, managing nerves and anxiety in our young patients is at the forefront of our considerations. We bring our expertise to bear from the first appointment, as the very first treatments are wheredental phobia may rear its head. Hypnosis is among the tools we may use for this purpose. Dr Cohen Adad is a certified hypnosis practitioner recognised by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH).
When treating children, we spend as much time diagnosing cavities as we do on prevention of oral-health conditions and preventative dental care. We also monitor how your child’s teeth are developing from an orthodontic perspective and will refer them to specialists in our network of trusted partners, if need be.
Adapting care for young patients to each individual child is crucial – just like we do for adults. This depends on their fears, their level of understanding of what’s going on around them and the right feeling in the relationship between the child and the practitioner.
We want to create a long-term trusting relationship with you and your child, which will be crucial in choosing and performing treatments, even before we get into practical tips and techniques designed for younger patients. We do everything within our power to ensure your child’s experience of our practice is fun, constructive and positive.
This is what is required for peaceful visits to the dentist and it cannot be done without your active support. Particularly in the way that you raise the prospect of your child’s first visit to the dentist when you’re at home.
You can help boost their confidence and make their first encounter with a dentist easier using suitable vocabulary suggested in the little glossary below. You can help us by adopting it at home – it’s how I’ve become “Rémi” or “Doctor Canard” to many kids!
Words that must be avoided at all costs
To put children at ease when they visit our practice, we prefer to use reassuring language
What not to say
Taking out/extracting a tooth
“You won’t feel a thing”
“Don’t be afraid”
“The dentist isn’t going to hurt you”
What to say
The doctor will be kind to you
Put the tooth to sleep
The magic pen
Make the tooth dance so it falls over
Brushing/tickling the teeth
If you’re afraid yourself, let us take care of it!
You run the risk of unintentionally passing your worries on to your child.
By expressing worries or promising your child treats after the appointment, you run the risk of making them think something unpleasant is going to happen to them.
That means it’s better to say nothing apart from “We’re going to the dentist”, in the most neutral tone possible, as if you were announcing you were going to go shopping.
Ideally, if you have a real phobia of dentists, you should let your partner bring your child to the practice.
With the aim of providing optimum protection for children’s teeth, there are three preventative methods worth mentioning
Le scellement des sillons dentaires
Applying tooth sealants involves pain-free application of protective fluoride resin to deep occlusal grooves (in adult or baby molars), where bacteria can proliferate en masse to become particularly acidic and harmful to enamel.
This treatment is a lasting and effective way to protect your teeth and prevent tooth decay.
The mouth guard
Mouth guards are the perfect “airbag” for the teeth, recommended for use in many sporting activities such as football, hockey, skateboarding, horseriding, skiing and so on.
There are two kinds: ready-made products available in stores, and custom-made products produced in a dental laboratory.
The second option has more advantages than the first: it adapts perfectly to your child’s occlusion, offers maximum shock absorption, opens up airways for improved ventilation and offers a level of comfort that will encourage your child to keep wearing it.
Fluoride is received systematically through the consumption of cooking salt, water and vegetables.
It plays a key role in cavity prevention.
Every six months, at your child’s check-up, we apply a fluoride gel to their teeth as a preventative measure.
Depending on their needs, we can prescribe fluoride pastes to apply at home, specific toothpaste or a tailored dental solution.