Childhood experiences in the dental office are critical to the way a person takes care of their dental needs for a lifetime. Pedodontics (children dentistry) is a specialty. We work with many excellent local Dentist in the area who specialize in this area of practice. We can provide a professional referral to an office that can introduce your child to their oral health in a fun and exciting way.
Although our practice is focused on providing an environment for Adult Restorative Dentistry, we do see younger patients. If your child has been to the dentist before, and enjoys their experiences in the dental chair, we are happy to offer the convenience of seeing them in our office. Generally when a patient has lost all of their “baby teeth” (around 11 to 14 years of age) they are ready to leave the Pedodontist and join you in our practice.
Why should I take my child to a different dental office than me?
Generally speaking a child has less apprehension when they are surrounded mostly by other children. Pedodontic offices are centered around how a child thinks and understands the world. The offices are very open and exciting (video games, toys, coloring books, etc.). Usually they can see other kids getting cleanings and fillings, and it doesn’t seem like a big deal. By contrast adults are most comfortable in a private and quiet setting. The environment needed for adults and children are very different. We want your child to develop a healthy attitude about taking care of their teeth so they will enjoy good oral health for the rest of their lives.
When should my child start going to the pediatric dentist?
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. The Pedodontist may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and the pedodontist.
The Pedodontist will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). They may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. They will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, they will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Here are some “First Visit” tips for when you take your child to the Pedodontic dentist:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.