Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training was required of us to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience has prepared us to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.
There are a variety of approaches that are used to make your child’s first visit comfortable and fun. Keep in mind that you play a significant role in making the visit a positive one. Personal fears and anxieties can influence the way your child will react, so please consciously avoid passing those on. If necessary, discuss the positive aspects of dentistry and convey good feelings about your own dental visits.
We look forward to sharing in a positive experience with both of you. Please be sure to fill out the on-line registration and history forms. If there are questions you might have, please do not hesitate to call our office prior to the visit.
Establishing our office as your child’s Dental Home provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits to keep your child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
Our goal is to promote confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. We hope to help all children feel good about visiting us and to teach them how to care for their teeth. From our child friendly office designs to our empathetic approach, our main concern is what is best for your child.
- Make promises as to what we will or will not do
- Threaten them with work that may or may not need to be done
Try to avoid having your child hear negative stories about dentistry or have them hear anxiety provoking words such as:
We anticipate that this initial experience will be positive, however should your child become anxious, cry, or be resistant, please understand it is a normal reaction. It could actually help them through what they may perceive as a threat. Let us be the ones to manage those feeling and behaviors.
On the day of the first visit, describe to your child what we will do in the simplest and most age appropriate terms, for example:
- “count (examine) your teeth”
- “clean your teeth”
- “apply a paint (fluoride) to strengthen them”
- “possible pictures (radiographs) of the teeth will be taken”
If there are questions presented that you are not sure of how to answer, please defer those to us. We will answer them and lots of praise will be provided to build a positive dental attitude. Depending on whether your child will benefit from your presence during the visit, we will ask you to either accompany them into the treatment area or have you relax in the reception lounge.
- Office Fluoride application
- Home Fluoride Rinses
- Prescription toothpastes high in concentrations of Fluoride and “remineralizing” Calcium
- Dental Sealants, which is a resin coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to fill in the irregularities and crevices of those teeth thereby preventing cavities
- Oral hygiene instruction and diet counseling
- Habit counseling (pacifier/finger/thumb) and motivational techniques to help minimize adverse effects
- Space Maintenance
- Interceptive orthodontics
- Fixed appliance therapy
- Dental Sealants used to protect or prevent cavity progression in the grooves and fissures of molars
- Glass Ionomers which bond chemically to dental hard tissues and release fluoride
- Resin based composites of all kinds (white fillings)
- Stainless steel crown restorations
- Labial resin veneers (bonding to the fronts of teeth)
- Pulpotomies (partial nerve removal in baby teeth)
- Pulpectomy (full nerve removal in infected baby teeth)
- Indirect pulpotomy with medicine that will help the nerve heal
Click here to view the Tooth Eruption Chart at the American Dental Association’s website.
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