Our happy environment makes the first dental visit easy and enjoyable. Follow the tips below to make the best out of your child's first visit:
TIP: Your child should visit a dentist by his/her first birthday.
TIP: The less buildup to any dental visit, the better. Inform your child about the visit and let him/her know the dentist and team will explain the routine and answer any questions.
TIP: Refrain from using words that might create unnecessary anxiety, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt. The office makes a practice of using more kid-friendly terms that convey the same message.
TIP: If your child is over the age of 3, we ask that you allow him/her to accompany our staff through the dental experience so that we may have his/her undivided attention. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when allowed to experience the visit on their own and in an environment designed especially for children.
Other Good Tips:
On regular dental visits: A check-up every six months is normally recommended in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems.
On Keeping Baby Teeth: Primary or “baby” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
On Brushing: A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
On Toothpaste: Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when a child is 2-3 years of age. Prior to that, parents should clean the child’s teeth with water or non-fluoridated “tooth and gum cleanser” and a soft-bristled toothbrush. When toothpaste is used after age 2-3, parents should supervise brushing and make sure the child uses no more than a pea-sized amount on the brush. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.