The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that every child’s first dental examination should occur between the ages of 6 and 12 months, or shortly after the first tooth appears. Subsequent dental visits every 3 to 6 months allow a dentist to monitor the child’s dental development. Many problems that might develop can be prevented.
Primary or baby teeth are vital for the proper development and formation of the permanent teeth, jaw alignment, and speech development. Proper care of primary teeth results in a bright, healthy smile and a positive, self-confident child.
Children require special equipment and explanations. We strive at all times to make dental visits a positive experience. Our staff is our greatest asset and is dedicated to making your son or daughter’s visit to our office a pleasant and rewarding experience. They are dedicated professionals and knowledgeable about how to work with children.
We use language that kids can understand, so they are better prepared to accept dental treatment. We do not use any form of oral sedation with our patients. We feel our method of tell, show, and do works very well. Each patient learns that a dental visit can become a regular and pleasant part of his or her health routine.
Every child has a unique personality, and each responds differently to new situations. Crying is one way that some kids express themselves. This behavior is normal when young people are nervous, tired, or having some discomfort. We try to calm the child by giving praise and explaining what we are doing. All dental treatment is followed by words of encouragement and a special prize.
All children are inherently good and deserving of a reward at the end of a procedure. These small prizes are a nice way to end the appointment. We use praise and positive reinforcement to give your little one the best possible experience. We love children and want them to have bright, healthy smiles.
In order to ensure that each child receives his or her dental care in a calm and relaxed environment, we allow one parent per family to accompany the patient to the treatment area. Quite often, though, children do better without their parents being present. We have an open area so the patients can see one another, because we’ve found this helps to reassure them. Children are never left alone. Trained dental personnel will always stay close your child while he or she is in the office for treatment.
New Patient Forms
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click here to print the New Patient Forms, complete the information, and bring them with you to your first visit.