The dental setup of children is very different from that of adults. Hence, their requirements also differ significantly which must be taken into account when dealing with kids and minors. Usually, going to the pediatric dentist for a check up or a visit can cause anxiety in children; we all know how daunting it can be to visit the dentist as an adult; as a child with not much understanding of dental care, the fear can be even more overwhelming. Therefore, it is important that the pediatric dentist knows how to deal with minors, how to allay their fears and explain any misconceptions about oral health, and in general must make the young patient feel comfortable and at ease.
The American Board of Pediatric Dentists and our Doctors recommend that your child have their first dental exam before the age of two. Though this may seem early, 40 percent of all toddlers between one and three years old have some form of inflammation of the gums and/or cavities.
Before the First Visit
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits being a part of growing up. You can explain to your child that the dentist will look at and count all of his or her teeth. Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt, as this may never have entered their mind, but rather that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. Please do not use the words needle, drill, shot, pull or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. In addition, please do not reflect on any negative experiences you may have had at the dental office. Expect your child to do well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are they will do exactly that.
First Dental Visit
One of our dental center team members will seat your child and explain what their dental visit will consist of. They will review brushing and flossing instructions with you and your child, as well as answer any questions and take X-rays if necessary. The dentist will perform an examination and evaluate the health of your child’s teeth and gums. Parents are welcome to accompany their child into the treatment area during the initial visit. This gives you the opportunity to see our staff in action and allows the dentist to discuss dental findings and treatment needs directly with you. One note of advice is offered – Your presence will be greatly enhanced if you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established between the dentist, his dental team members and your child. When more than one person is talking, your child may become confused and nervous about this new experience. Additional services can be scheduled once a diagnosis has been made. All additional treatment services diagnosed will be scheduled for completion at a separate appointment.