We aim to make the visits of our youngest patients pleasant and interesting, as the first consultation is often reserved for acquaintance with the doctor and the new situation and surroundings, thus we want to gain the trust of children and encourage them to take care of their teeth.
Preventive care begins with the eruption of the first tooth, and because trust is the basis of successful treatment, we do our best to make children feel good in our hands.
At Dukovi Dental Clinic we have the means and equipment to enable our highly qualified dentists to take care of the oral health and beautiful smile of all patients.
Here’s what you need to know before making an appointment for your child:
1. Before visiting
- When booking an appointment, consider your child’s diet, especially if it is little – it is important that the visit is at the right time and does not interfere with his sleep and eating schedule.
- When explaining to your child what will happen in the office, do not use scary words for children, such as a needle, a drill, blood. We have our own ways of explaining the manipulations of young children, for example the turbine is an ant, the tip is a bee, the anesthetic is a mosquito.
- Do not scare the child with the dentist, for example: “If you eat a lot of candy, you will go to the dentist every day.” Or “If you do not brush your teeth, I will take you to the doctor to scold you.”
- Do not promise the child that the dentist will do nothing.
- Do not lie to them. If you come to treat caries or tooth extraction, do not convince them that we will only smear it with gel or we will only look at the teeth.
- You can prepare the child for the examination in a play situation – you can use a flashlight instead of a lamp, an electric brush instead of a turbine, to “examine the teeth” of the child’s favorite toy.
2. During the visit
- Parents in the office: For children up to 4 years, it is better for parents to be with them in the office. For older children, the parent must decide whether to wait in the waiting room while the child is in the chair. Parents who are worried or afraid of the dentist are better off waiting outside, as children feel their anxiety and also become restless.
- While in the office, do not rush. We work only with the consent of the child, not by force. We may need to talk to the child about various topics of treatment until we predispose him and they adapts to the environment.
- If the child does not want to bea treated, do not scold them. Use only positive words and emphasize them.
- Do not expect us to do everything in one visit. We can start with something small and easy to gain the child’s trust. For some procedures, more than one visit is required.