The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist before they turn 1, or within 6 months of the appearance of the first baby tooth.
Bringing your child to the pediatric dentist at a very early age allows him or her to meet the dentist, and become comfortable in the dental office setting. Sometimes new places can make kids nervous and uncooperative, and that’s alright! We understand. We will be patient and take our time to develop a solid relationship. If your child ever needs a filling or extraction, we always avoid the words “hurt”, “shot”, “pull”, “needle”, and suggest you do too. First visits usually include a gentle exam of teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues, a gentle cleaning, demonstration of proper home cleaning, fluoride treatment, and answering any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
Reading to children can help alleviate any worries they may have about visiting the dentist. “The Little Dentist” follows the story of a young girl named Dani, who dreams of becoming a dentist when she grows up. Through her adventures, Dani learns about the importance of oral health and discovers what it means to be a dentist. This charming and educational tale is sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of young readers, inspiring them to take care of their own teeth and pursue their dreams, just like Dani. We are thrilled to share this delightful book, written by Dr. Daniela Cuadra, with you and invite you to join Dani on her journey to becoming “The Little Dentist.