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What to expect with your child’s first dental visit in Calgary

Child’s First Visit in Calgary area

The eruption of your child’s first tooth is a joyful occasion and an important milestone. Once your child’s first few teeth emerge, it’s time to set up their first trip to the dentist. At Lake Chaparral Dental Care in Calgary, we are committed to making sure that your child has a positive experience in our office. The following are some simple tips that you can use to ensure that your child’s first visit to the dentist goes well.

Find the right dentist

It’s important to find a dentist who makes you and your child feel comfortable. At Lake Chaparral Dental Care, we provide care for the entire family. When you have children, we are excited to welcome them into our care.

Know what to expect

Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be quick and painless. The informal visit typically involves very little treatment. The entire goal of this appointment is to begin to familiarize your child with the dentist’s office and to get a baseline evaluation of your child’s oral development. If your child is young, they may sit on your lap or have you beside them for this appointment. During the visit, the dentist will examine the mouth, ask parents questions about oral hygiene and habits such as thumb sucking, and answer any questions you may have.

Talk to your child

If you are worried about your child being fearful of the dentist, it’s helpful to prepare them in advance for the appointment. There are a lot of age-appropriate books that can explain the dentist. Make sure you use lots of positive, kid-friendly terms rather than medical terminology that can sound scary or confusing.

If you have dental anxiety, make sure to monitor your own stress as your child can pick up on that. Use encouraging, affirmative language during the appointment to help your child cooperate as needed.

Call Lake Chaparral Dental Care for a family friendly dentist in Calgary

By starting your child off on the right foot from a young age, you can set them up for a lifetime or good habits and oral health. To book your child’s first dental visit, please call us at (403) 768-2271.


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Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a graduate from the University of Alberta Neuroscience program, received Dental training at University of Alberta in Edmonton and went on to complete a two-year residency at Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, PA (United States). While at Albert Einstein Medical Centre she served as chief resident for a year. In this prestigious program, she took additional training in implantology, oral surgery, cosmetic services, and general dentistry.

Dr. Jay's passion for dentistry began in middle school when she selected the topic "teeth whitening agents" for a science fair competition. She considered dentists as artists who could improve smiles, increase confidence, and create beneficial changes in people's lives from an early age.

Dr. Jay pursued her passion of becoming a dentist in Gold Coast, Australia, where she earned a Master of Dentistry degree from Griffith University. Her enthusiasm for dentistry and sympathetic attitude drives her to make your dental visit as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She enjoys educating patients about the significance of oral health and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the most recent dental innovations to provide outstanding care to her patients. Dr. Jay finds it tremendously satisfying to alleviate dental anxiety while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands.

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