We work hard to develop relationships with our patients that are based on trust, love and understanding. Fun and laughter are the norm in our office.
An early start in regular dental care is an important step in your child’s road to total health. The American Academy for Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist by age one. Our office offers a complimentary Baby Oral Health Program (BOHP) for children eight to eighteen months of age. At the infant dental visit, our pediatric oral health educators will consult with the parents, examine the infant and apply topical fluoride if indicated. Follow-up visits with the doctor will be scheduled according to the individual needs of the child.
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits being a part of growing up. Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not “hurt”, as this may never have entered their mind. Explain that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. Please do not use the words needle, drill, shot, pull or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy the first visit to our office and, chances are, they will do exactly that.
We encourage all parents to accompany their child for their first dental visit. This allows the child to get to know our doctors and staff with their parents present and allows the parents an opportunity to see our clinical staff in action and evaluate our overall office environment. On subsequent visits, parents may accompany their child/children back in the clinic if they desire. We find that the majority of children do better without their parents present. For restorative procedures, we encourage parents to have a conversation with the doctor regarding whether or not a parent being in the operatory will be helpful. Every child is unique and we will evaluate each situation individually.
During the first visit, our dental team will introduce your child to a dental cleaning. We will most often accomplish this in the open bay area so new patients can learn from our more experienced dental patients. If your child is not ready for a cleaning in the open bay, one of our doctors will examine him/her in your lap in a smaller room. Radiographs (x-rays) are taken when the dentist feels they are necessary. They allow us to detect problems we cannot see visually.
At the first visit, our staff will take a photograph of your child for you to take home to remember this milestone.
For optimum benefit, we recommend a dental exam and cleaning every six months. This allows us to maintain an emotional rapport and trust with your child, as well as detect dental problems when they first occur.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!