Children are one of the most important age groups we treat. We want all children to have a positive experience at the dentist, so they grow up to be happy adult patients! The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend a child should first be seen by a dentist when the first tooth appears or by his/her first birthday, whichever comes first. This is to help create a foundation for a child’s oral health.
During the first dental visit, we will evaluate a child’s teeth and jaws. We will also review with caregivers proper oral hygiene for the child, including diet and habits.
- Comprehensive Exam
- Xrays (Radiographs)
- Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
- Fluoride Treatment
- Dental Sealants
- Treatment under laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide)
- Pre-orthodontic screening and referral if indicated
- Child-specific oral hygiene recommendations and home-care instructions
How to prepare a child for a dental visit:
- Set an appointment time when your child is alert and rested
- Prepare your child at least a week before the appointment
- Prepare YOURSELF for the dental visit. Your children respond to your behavior: If you are anxious, they will sense this and respond accordingly. If you remain positive, your child will also sense this and also respond accordingly. If you have any questions regarding your child’s appointment, please call us and ask. We want your child to have a great appointment!
- Speak to your child about the positives of the appointment. Listen and respond to your child’s concerns about the appointment. Be aware of what your child’s siblings or friends may have stated about the dentist.
- Avoid scary words about the dentist: Please don’t use the word “hurt”, “shot”, “needles” or “pain”
- Read fun children’s books about going to the dentist such as The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist, Just Going to the Dentist and Dora the Explorer Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist
- Allow him/her to bring their favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book to the appointment
- Make a list of questions that you may have for your child’s dentist.