Along with the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that the first visit take place by the child’s first tooth or first birthday. At this appointment, Dr. Marcie and staff will focus of getting to know your child. After gathering a detailed medical history, we will perform a complete oral exam and age-appropriate dental cleaning. Any findings will be discussed and recommended procedures will be thoroughly explained. At this point, we will answer any questions your may have. Along with a general examination and cleaning, we will discuss brushing techniques, flossing, fluoride and alternative treatments, and healthy eating habits tailored to your child’s specific needs.
Be sure to inform your child of the visit and its purpose, but take care how you present it. You may want to show your child photos of the dentist and read books about children going to the dentist. Please avoid using words that cause fear such a “needle”, “shot”, “pinch”, or “drill”, as they suggest an unpleasant experience. Most importantly, please do not tell your child that the dentist will not “hurt.” Since children are extremely intuitive, it may never have occurred to them, but simply hearing the word may develop a fear that didn’t initially exist. You may want to consider picking up one of the many wonderful children’s books dedicated to the topic of teeth and dentists.
We are happy to offer suggestions. Keep in mind that pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, conveying the information in a non-threatening way, while our entire staff is experienced at putting children at ease and will do everything we can to keep your child calm and comfortable.
This gives us the opportunity to communicate directly with you about your child’s dental health. Until children can write in cursive, they do not have the dexterity to correctly brush their teeth, and we love instructing parents and children of all ages the correct way to brush and floss.
Studies have shown children 3 years of age and older tend to do better when they are left to experience their visit independently and in the care of a specialized pediatric dental provider. Every child is different, and if subsequent treatment visits are necessary, we partner with parents to determine the best way to treat each individual child. A parent is always welcome in the room for treatment. For many children, the voice of a parent will be the one they hear above all others, so we ask your help by being a quiet observer in the room and allowing your child to focus their attention on Dr. Marcie and her staff. This allows us to create the ideal environment for us to build a mutually comfortable and secure relationship.