Connexions Resource Centre
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My First Visit to the Dentist’s Office

Having a First Mouth Examination at “One” Makes Sense!


Because early childhood caries (ECC) are very insidious.  In fact, they can start at a very early age and progress rapidly.  ECC is one of the most widespread chronic diseases and is the major reason why children receive general anaesthesia.  The consequences associated with ECC are far from being harmless on the generl health and well-being of your child:

  • Problems with mastication and difficulty eating properly.
  • Problems with growth, language and self-esteem.
  • Problems related to lack of sleep, pain or infections such as dental abscesses.


Though the early detection of ECC, which will encourage quick prevention action, either through important dental hygiene and nutrition information or through therapeutic treatment.


Certain services provided by dentists and denturists are paid for by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.  Children under the age of 10 can receive the following services free of charge (some in dental clinics, others in hospitals and certain services in both places):

  • one examination per year
  • emergency examinations
  • X-rays
  • local or general anesthesia
  • amalgam (grey) fillings for the posterior teeth
  • fillings using esthetic materials (white) for the anterior teeth
  • prefabricated crowns
  • sedative dressings, i.e. temporary fillings intended to reduce pain
  • endodontics (including, in their case, root canal treatment, apexification, pulpectomy, pulpotomy and emergency opening of the pulp canal)
  • tooth and root extractions
  • the oral surgery services covered for all

The costs related to cleaning and applying fluoride are not covered by the Régie for children under age 10.