No matter your child’s age or past dental experiences, a visit to a new dental office can cause some anxiety. The best way you can help to prepare your child for his/her first visit is to speak about it in a very calm and positive manner. Emphasize to your child that the dental office is filled with nice and friendly people. You do not have to go into any depth on procedures with your children, we have fun simple explanations for everything that we do. We will walk them through each step, at the same time allowing them to see, touch and hear exactly what we are talking about. Please try to avoid expressing any dental fears or negative experiences you may have had in the past.
If you feel it may make your little one more comfortable, we welcome you to drop by for a tour and meet our team prior to your visit.
Once your child is comfy in our chairs we will:
- Review the dental and medical forms you filled out
- Perform a thorough examination.
- This can be done with the child sitting alone or in your lap. Whichever way you feel your child will be most comfortable.
- Determine which X-rays, if any, are indicated. X-rays are used to identify cavities and pathology that cannot be seen or diagnosed through clinical examination.
- Any recommendations we have on X-rays will be discussed with you prior to taking them
- Customize an effective home hygiene plan for your child
- Discuss all recommended treatment and treatment options.
- Clean and polish teeth
- Apply a Fluoride varnish
Remember, regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.