The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry and the Canadian Dental Association recommend the first dental visit to occur by the first year of age. The goal is to prevent and fix problems early. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future. During those visits, the pediatric dentist will offer recommendations about how to care for your child’s teeth and make sure good dental habits are in place early. Our team will also discuss proper brushing techniques and answer any questions you may have!
What to expect for your child’s first visit?
- Your child is welcomed in a kid friendly environment ensuring a positive experience
- The first visit is usually short and involves little treatment.
- Most of the appointment is spent talking to the parents
- This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way.
- Examination may be done in a knee to knee position
Your specialist in pediatric dentistry
DMD, MSc, FRCD(c), Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Rita-Maria Chami obtained a doctorate in dentistry at the University of Montreal in 2017. After finishing her dental degree, she then pursued a one-year multidisciplinary residency program at the Montreal Children’s Hospital at McGill University, during which she was able to broaden her competencies and confirm her interest in the treatment of children.
Dr. Chami went on to complete her 3 year specialty training at the University of Toronto, where she was also awarded a Master of Science degree. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is a member of both the Canadian and American Academies of Pediatric Dentistry.
After the completion of her training, Dr Chami returned to practice in her hometown of Montreal. She is now a clinical professor at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, as well as a guest lecturer at McGill University’s faculty of dentistry.
As a pediatric dentist, Dr Chami’s goal is to provide a pleasant dental experience for her patients and their families. She aims to provide the best care in a comfortable environment so that every child can leave with a smile on their face after their appointment!
In her free time, Dr Chami enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. She also likes trying new restaurants and baking new recipes.