First Visit

At Riverside Dental Clinic, we take care of your whole family. That includes pediatric dentistry.


What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric Dentists are committed to the oral health of children and infancy. They are experienced in all that comes with the various stages of childhood in relation to the child’s gums, teeth, and mouth. We recommend visiting the dentist as early as possible, to introduce it to a child as a positive experience.

How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Visit

It is recommended that infants begin to visit the dentist around the same time as their first birthday, or when their teeth begin to emerge. Starting from infancy, it is important that a parent maintains positivity when talking about the dental visit, in order to begin the child’s lifelong relationship with their dentist on a positive note.

Your pediatric dentist is thoroughly trained when it comes to working with children, they will work hard to help make your child feel as relaxed as possible during the visit.

How Can I Make My Child’s First Dental Appointment Successful? 

There are many things that you, as a parent, can do to help your child feel comfortable at their visit:

Leave other children at home

A child’s dental appointment may be intimidating. Leaving other children at home (if possible) can ease distractions, as well as make the visit less stressful overall.

Avoid ‘scary’ language

Pediatric dentists are trained to avoid the use of words that may sound scary or threatening to a child. For example, words such as “needles” or “bleeding”.

Put emphasis on positivity

While talking to your children about a dentist visit, be encouraging and put focus on the fact that they are keeping their teeth healthy.

A healthy smile
starts with a phone call.

We look forward to seeing you!


180 Riverside Dr. East, P.O. Box 699
Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0

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