Kid Friendly Services
We work to pave the way for children to feel enthusiastic about their oral health and to keep their adult teeth for a lifetime. Our pediatric dentists receive special training in child psychology and making children feel comfortable in the office. We recognize that some children do better in a quiet room with one-on-one attention than in an open exam bay. Our office is designed to meet a variety of needs. We also offer a desensitizing program for children with autism and other special needs.
*PARENTS: We use i-CAT 3D Imaging Technology, which provides accurate 3D images with less radiation than traditional Xrays. (ask if your office offers i-CAT)
First Visit Recommendations
We recommend that you bring your child for an initial dental visit when the first tooth has erupted, and no later than their first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that the parents establish a “dental home” for their children by age 1, because those who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
What to expect at your baby’s First Visit
Here is what to expect during an initial “well baby” checkup:
- Infant/family health history is reviewed.
- Our pediatric dentist addresses your questions/concerns.
- Questions pertaining to your child’s oral habits, pacifier use, general development, tooth alignment, tooth development and diet.
- Our pediatric dentist offers advice on topics including good oral care, oral injury prevention, fluoride intake and sippy cup use.
- Your child’s teeth are examined. Generally, the dentist and you are seated facing each other, and your child is positioned so that their head is cradled in the dentist’s lap. This position enables your child to look at you during the examination.
- Good brushing and flossing demonstrations are given.
- Explanation of the state of your child’s oral health, and recommendations regarding oral habits, appropriate toothpastes and toothbrushes, orthodontically correct pacifiers, and diet are provided.
- We will outline an appointment schedule and describe what will happen at the next appointment.
As children get older, our pediatric dentists explain what we’re doing, show them the instruments used, and then perform the treatment.