The First Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the the dentist by his or her 1st birthday or within 6 months of the first erupting tooth. Beginning dental care at an early age is important for a number of reasons. Many parents of infants and toddlers are not confident they are caring for their child's teeth properly. We can further help parents with this dilemma by giving them infant oral health information provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry along with answering any other questions that they may have about their child's dental needs. Another goal of ours is that early visits provide opportunites to address other preventive issues that are vital to healthy teeth and a pleasing smile. Dental visits that are scheduled before problems develop can be kept short and help the child become relaxed in the dental environment more quickly.
Our goal for children under 3 is to make dental visits quick and easy. We will provide a thorough examination and talk with you about any issues of concern while your child plays nearby. With each subsequent visit your child will gain confidence, and trust will most likely increase. After age 3, we will begin preventive care visits which include examination, cleaning, fluoride treatment and appropriate radiographs.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that Dr. Brad and his staff will explain everything and answer any questions. If you approach the visit in a casual manner chances are that your child will approach it in a similar manner. It is best to refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, shot, pull, drill or hurt. We make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
Children Age 4 & Older
Dr. Brad finds that children age 4 and older have the best dental experiences when they go back to the treatment area on their own. Going back without mom or dad encourages good behavior when they feel like they're being a "big boy" or "big girl". Please encourage your school aged children to be ready to go back and see Dr. Brad while you wait for them in the lobby area. Please understand that if your child should become upset or anxious we will not hesitate to come and get you. Under those circumstances, we ask that whenever parents accompany children into the treatment area all other siblings not receiving dental treatment remain in the playroom with another adult.