A child’s first visit to the dentist can be a very scary and intimidating experience. 

But it shouldn’t — and doesn’t have to — be. 

At Longworth Dental, we’ve fostered a child-friendly environment — where all kids are cared for as if they are our own. 

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Dr. Sharon Barr’s wealth of experience improving children’s smiles through various outreach programs coupled with the fact she’s a parent herself, gives her the insight and compassion needed to connect with younger patients during their treatment. Dr. Andrew Cooper is a parent as well, so he also knows how to put kids at ease. 

We recommend you bring your children to see us by their first birthday (or six months after their first tooth has come in) for a complimentary “Happy Visit.” This is offered to every child under the age of three. 

What happens? It’s a chance for your little one to play around in the dentist’s chair and become comfortable in our surroundings. We will examine their teeth, detect and treat any problems, encourage your child to be curious, interested, and proud, and give you tips on keeping their smile healthy. 

If you bring your child in at a young age, we can eliminate any fear, unease, or misconceptions they may have learned about the dentist. At our office, they will quickly discover what a fun learning experience it can really be — and that this is a place they’ll really want to come back to! 

Before your child’s first visit… There are some things you can do to prepare and help them avoid feelings of fear and anxiety.

  • Make sure they get a good night’s sleep.

  • Give them a high-protein meal before coming in.

  • If there are any questions or concerns you have about your child’s smile, write them down so you don’t forget to ask. There is no such thing as a bad question!

  • If your child takes any medications or has health conditions, be sure to jot them down. All this information will be helpful in developing the right treatment plan for your child.

  • If you yourself are anxious or fearful “of the dentist,” don’t relay that to your child. Always talk positively about dental visits.

  • Bring them in first thing in the morning so they are energized, instead of day when they may be cranky. 

At Longworth Dental, we will be at your and your child’s side every step of the way. If you are searching for pediatric dentistry in Bowmanville, we’re glad you’ve discovered us. 

Call us to find out how we can help — we’d love to hear from you!