The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that your child visit the dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems now and in the future. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Start your children now on a lifetime of good dental habits, so they can have a bright smile!
Our pediatric dentists have received additional training so they can better address the specific needs of children, young adults, or patients with special needs. We know each child is unique, so we use a number of methods to help them feel comfortable at their visits. For example, in the “Tell-Show-Do” technique, we might name a dental instrument, demonstrate the instrument by using it to count your child’s fingers, and then apply the instrument in treatment.
Coaching, distraction, and parent participation are other ways to give your child confidence in dentistry. The technique most preferred by pediatric dentists in general, is praise. Every child does something right during a dental visit, and we don’t hesitate to praise them for it!
During your child’s first visit, the dentist will check to make sure the proper number of teeth have erupted and check for cavities. They will look to see how well the teeth are being cleaned, offer suggestions if necessary, and check to see that the child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride. After the examination, the dentist will take time to address any questions or concerns you as a parent may have, and then your child will learn how to brush and floss their teeth. As a reward for a great visit, your child will be given tokens so they can choose a toy or sticker from our special prize machines, and also go home with a goody bag containing a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, stickers, and various educational materials such as a list of healthy snacks.