The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child’s first visit to the dentist should be at 6 months to 1 year old or when the first tooth erupts into the mouth, whichever comes first. Thereafter, your child should visit the dentist every 6 months. You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive by showing your child books or videos about a first visit to the dentist.
Parents and children are always welcome to accompany their child on the first visit as well as all succeeding visits. We will do everything we can to help your child overcome his or her anxiety.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office an enjoyable one!
On the first visit, you and your child will have an opportunity to meet the doctor and staff, and be acclimated to the office atmosphere. Following a thorough review of your child’s medical and dental history, we will perform a full oral exam of your child. Often times, x-rays are required to allow the pediatric dentist to diagnose existing or potential cavities, evaluate the positioning and development of undeveloped teeth and to examine the health of the underlying bone structure. Afterwards, an evaluation of your child will be explained in full that will outline any existing dental problems, proposed treatments, and an estimate of all costs. Oral hygiene, dietary, and oral habit instructions will also be given with suggestions to help you care for your child's teeth and to improve their overall health.
We strive to make your child's first visit a comfortable, pleasant, and a fun experience. To make your child’s visit to the dentist a pleasant one, there are some things you, as parents, can do.
In discussing dentistry with your child, it would be helpful if you do not use the terms such as "drill", "shot", "pull", "hurt", "needles", or any other words which might have an unpleasant meaning and might cause unnecessary fear. Our office strives to make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child, words such as "bumpy toothbrush" instead of "drill", "sleepy juice" instead of "shot", etc.
Please do not be upset if your child cries. Crying is a normal reaction to fear and is part of their coping mechanism. Children may be afraid of anything new and strange to them. Kindness and gentleness is part of the key to overcoming fear and it must be our united objective to eliminate dental fear.
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