For Parents

Prevention

We are proud to have registered dental professionals who clean your child’s teeth and review prevention with you and your child. At each check up appointment, parents are given a report of their child’s oral hygiene. We will review brushing and flossing, diet, and fluoride use. We promote the use of sealants when appropriate and we encourage regular dental checkups to monitor your child’s oral growth and development.

The First Visit

We recommend that a child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist occur soon after his/her first birthday or when the first tooth comes in. We will perform a thorough examination and provide information about dental development, oral hygiene, diet and nutrition. We may also provide age appropriate recommendations regarding bottle feeding, nursing, and oral habits such as thumb sucking.

During this first visit your child may feel most comfortable sitting on your lap during the examination. We will do everything to make the visit as happy as possible.

For older children, in addition to an examination, we will also provide a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment. If necessary, x-rays will be taken. If any treatment is indicated, we will provide a written plan and review it with you.

We, like you, want to ensure the best possible experience for your child. We have created a bright, colorful, and friendly office designed to suit your child’s needs and interests.

We strive to make your child’s visit as gentle, relaxed and rewarding as possible. To put your child at ease we will take space care to introduce to your child all our procedures and instruments. We will show your child our “cool dental chair” and our “tooth counter, “Mr. Whistle” and “Mr. Bumpy” as well as the “bubble straw” and special “spin brush”.

We also allow them to feel the instruments on their fingers or hands before introducing them to their mouth.

We will review your child’s medical and dental history before examining and cleaning his or her teeth. We will provide you with information on preventive dental care, make age related recommendations for brushing, flossing, and nutrition so that your child can enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Since we believe that parents play an active role in maintaining the dental health of their child, we will encourage you to accompany your child during the first and following six month dental care visits. During each visit you will receive a verbal “dental report card” specifically tailored to provide information about your child’s visit, plaque level, and other oral/dental findings. This report serves to help us communicate and share our findings and recommendations with you.

Before the first visit, you can prepare your child by talking about the visit in a positive way as you would with any important new experience. You may be surprised that a visit to the pediatric dentist can be a fun and delightful experience.

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow your child time to get acquainted with our office and to allow us time to thoroughly prepare and review your child’s record.

Thank you for choosing our practice. We look forward to seeing you soon!