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First Visit

It is recommended that you bring your child in for a visit within six months of the eruption of their first tooth— usually around their first birthday. Since decay can occur in even the smallest of teeth, the earlier your baby visits us, the more likely it will be to prevent future problems. We look for any signs of early problems with your baby's oral heath, and check in with you about the best way to care for their teeth.

 

Prior to the first visit

Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings about dental visits as being part of growing up. Prepare your child in advance that someone is going to look at and ‘count’ their teeth. To gain a child's confidence and trust, use child-friendly terms and simple explanations to describe dental instruments and procedures. By putting your child in the proper frame of mind, you can make the first visit enjoyable and positive.

 

The first visit

We recommend that both mom and dad come to their child’s first visit if possible. We encourage you to stay with your child during the initial examination. Please do not be upset if your child cries.

Young children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to that fear. Following the dental examination, any findings and recommendations will be discussed. We will evaluate your present home preventive care routine and exchange ideas that will be helpful to your child's dental health. There will be plenty of valuable information given about how to effectively clean baby’s teeth, nutrition and, and what to expect as your child develops. We will inform you when you should start using fluoridated toothpaste or if your child can benefit from other sources of fluoride.

 

We look forward to meeting your family. Your visit is an opportunity for all of us to become acquainted so we can develop a positive relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.

Practice Philosophy

Our family-oriented practice is built on love for children and the desire to make them comfortable with dentistry. We view each child as a unique individual who must be treated as such to accomplish our goals for a positive dental experience and quality care.

We strive to alleviate a child's fears by using our own specialized language and skills to explain procedures in a way they can understand.

We also work hard to address parental concerns by explaining each child's dental condition, what type of treatment has been planned and why, and how it might be prevented in the future. In all aspects, we hope that every patient and parent has a positive experience in our office.

We believe that by working together in cooperation with children and parents, most dental disease can be prevented. We stress prevention by incorporating the use of brushing and flossing instructions, topical fluorides,

diet counseling, and sealants into our daily practice. We believe that when the dentist, parent, and child each play an integral part in a prevention program, children can stay cavity free.