We believe our success in helping children to have easy, happy appointments is directly linked to our multi-faceted approach to pediatric dental treatment. Everything from our caring attitude and language, to our equipment and modern amenities, helps us give your child the best treatment possible.
You know your child better than anyone else, but we feel most children are more relaxed, and have a better experience, if one, or both, of their parents can be with them during their dental treatment. For this reason, we gladly allow parents to accompany their child through out the entire dental appointment. You may even stay with your child in the treatment room during treatment.
If you feel your child may need extra special care at the dentist, please let our staff know when you call to make an appointment. We will make every effort to work on a treatment plan that helps achieve a successful, happy outcome for your child. Please notify the doctors if you feel there are certain things that will help or hinder how they do while receiving treatment, and we will do our best to accommodate your family. If your child has special needs beyond what we are able to assist with in our office, we will thoughtfully refer you to a respected specialist in order for your child to have the best treatment possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. “When does my child need to have their first dental visit?”
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental exam at 12 months. Children begin erupting their primary, or “baby” teeth, around 6 months of age, and therefore should be seen by a dentist soon after in order to detect problems early. We call the first visit a “Happy Visit,” with more talking, show-and-tell, and playful interaction to get the kids used to the environment and have a positive first experience. Behaviorally, children tend to do well if mom or dad brings them along to one of their own dental cleaning appointments before making the child their first appointment, so the child can see how it goes and get comfortable with the dentist. This is most effective between ages 1 and 2. You know your own children better than anyone else, and will be the best person to decide when they are ready to try their first visit.
Q. “What can I do to ensure my child practices and maintains good dental health?”
Children need help and supervision brushing their teeth until around age 6, or until they have the manual dexterity to tie their own shoes and write. Making tooth brushing a fun, enjoyable part of the regular daily routine will encourage kids to have good dental habits once they are able to do it on their own. Nutrition plays a critical role in an individual’s dental health, as does genetic vulnerability to the bacteria that cause decay. Avoiding snacks and drinks at bedtime is wise, including bottles of milk or juice, which both contain natural sugar.
Q. “How can I help my child avoid having fear of the dentist?”
Many adults tell us that their own fear and dislike of the dentist were stemmed from uncomfortable or bad experiences as children. It is our goal to avoid repetition of this pattern for all of our pediatric patients! We love to see kids, and love to help them establish a happy, healthy relationship with their healthcare providers. We use many different methods to create a fun yet calming environment for pediatric patients so that no matter what they are here to have done, whether it be a simple cleaning or more invasive procedures, they enjoy themselves and are none the wiser to what there is to be fearful of at the dentist. We handle each case individually to help the child have successful dental visits.
Q. “What kind of toothpaste should we use?”
Toothpastes and mouthwashes for kids come with and without Fluoride, the anti decay ingredient in most commercial dental products. Fluoride plays a necessary crucial role in home care for preventing dental decay, but can be harmful if swallowed. Only a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste is needed. Its recommended that parents evaluate whether or not their children can “spit” excess toothpaste into the sink once they are done brushing, as younger children tend to swallow a bit of the toothpaste and can end up with a tummy ache. If they can spit toothpaste out, they should be using toothpaste formulated for children that contains fluoride.