March 4th, 2017
Seeing a baby's smile is a wonderful moment in a new parent’s life–that little grin leaves a lasting impression! Visiting the dentist early ensures that your child’s smile remains happy and healthy.
First Tooth Pop In? Time To Schedule Their Appointment!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (www.aapd.org) recommends that children have their first dental appointment once their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. Although this may seem early for a first visit, there are many reasons for acquainting your child with a dentist so early in their oral development.
The first, and most obvious, is that we are able to monitor the health of their new teeth as they come in. As soon as your little one’s first tooth erupts, he or she can begin to develop cavities. Aside from checking for tooth decay, we check to ensure that their overall oral development is on track and answer any questions you may have about your child’s growing smile.
What To Expect During Your Child’s First Visit
As you prepare your child for their first dental visit, you may begin to wonder what you can expect during their appointment. The first dental visit is often very brief and gives your child an opportunity to meet their dentist in a friendly, non-threatening way. This helps get them acquainted and can help calm your child before their dental exam.
Once your child is ready for their exam, the dentist will:
- Check their existing teeth for decay
- Examine their bite and look for any problems with the gums, jaw and oral tissues
- If discussed beforehand, clean any teeth present
These appointments are also an excellent opportunity for us to share information with you about proper oral care as your child’s smile develops. If you have any questions about your child’s oral hygiene routine, this is a perfect time to ask! We’ll be happy to discuss strategies to help soothe your baby during the teething phase, answer questions about oral habits such as thumb sucking, or share tips about a smile-healthy diet.
After their visit is complete, your dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits based on the unique needs of your child.
Watch the video below to learn more about your child’s first dental visit and how to prepare them for their appointment: First Dental Visit
We’ll Make Sure Your Child Leaves With A Smile!
Whether it’s your child’s first visit or their 50th, we’re committed to giving them an experience that helps pave the way for a lifetime of good oral health. If you have any questions about your child’s first visit in our office, feel free to give us a call! We’d love to talk with you about any specific needs they may have for their first appointment.
Thank you for being a part of our practice family!
November 15th, 2016
Many parents are aware of the benefits of taking your child to a pediatrician instead of a general doctor. Surprisingly, not as many know a pediatric dentist can provide the same kind of specialized care for your child’s smile!
Our Office Is Kid-Friendly
From the moment your child walks in the door, we want to ensure they have a positive experience in our office. Pediatric dental offices are designed to be the perfect environment to put young minds at ease and calm any pre-visit jitters. From the waiting room to the examination rooms, each area of a pediatric dental practice’s office is meant to not only make a child’s visit comfortable, but fun as well!
Many pediatric practices even allow parents to bring their children in before their appointment so they can meet their dentist and become familiar with the office.
We Receive Extra Training To Better Treat Young Smiles
Pediatric dentists receive two to three years of additional training beyond dental school to learn how to care for young children. This added training helps us both learn how to better care for a child’s growing teeth and make them feel comfortable during the process.
Dental anxiety is common among children—especially if they’ve never visited the dentist before. Whether their apprehension is caused by fear of the unknown, a scary story told by a friend or older sibling, or a negative previous experience, we understand their concerns and are trained to work with them to offer the most enjoyable visit possible.
If your child is nervous about their visit, let us know! We can work with you to meet their unique needs. You can also watch this video to prepare for their first visit:
We Treat Children Of All Ages
Pediatric dentists don’t only treat toddlers and young children—we care for children of all ages! As your little one grows into adolescence, we continue to help maintain their oral health. Orthodontic needs and changing dietary habits all become factors in a teen’s developing smile. So whether your child is sprouting their first tooth or approaching high-school graduation, they are welcome at our practice!
There’s Nothing Better Than The Smile Of A Child!
As your little one grows and develops, so do their oral health needs! We love caring for their smile at each stage of their life. If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry or would like to learn more about how we can help make your child’s visit a pleasant experience, give us a call or leave a comment below!
Thank you for placing your trust in our practice!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
July 25th, 2016
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