Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend establishing a Dental Home for your child by their first birthday. Children with a dental home are more likely to receive proper preventive care, and routine oral health treatment.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place for dental care other than the Emergency Room.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Inform your child of the visit and tell them that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". We make a practice of using words that convey the same message without frightening children.
We Invite You to Accompany Your Child
We like parents to accompany their children throughout the dental experience. This includes cleanings and restorative care visits. It allows parents to witness the services we perform while helping to provide positive support and encouragement for their kids throughout the appointment. We caution against discussing negative dental/medical experiences that the parent has experienced, as this may cause their child to be anxious and less receptive in accepting the dental care.
We ask parents to refrain from using anxiety producing words like “shot’, “hurt”, “needle”, “pull”, etc. around their children. These words, although harmless sounding to the parent, can cause anxiety in children and make treatment more difficult. Although we often allow siblings to join each other in treatment areas while having joint “check- up” appointments, we do not have siblings accompany a child who is having fillings, extractions, or other more extensive care that may cause anxiety. Parents are encouraged to leave siblings at school or home with a caregiver for these more involved appointments. We always invite parents to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s dental care. Discretion may dictate that the conversation take place privately, away from the child.
We Strive to Make Each and Every Visit to Our Office Fun!
Five Things to Expect for Baby's First Dental Visit
by Age 12 Months
- Complete medical history
- Knee-to-knee exam with guardian
- Note clinical dental caries
- Soft tissue irregularities
- White-spot lesions, tongue anatomy
- Enamel decalification, hypoplasia
- Dietary staining
Caries Risk Assessment
- Bottle or breast fed at night on demand
- Non-water in bedtime bottle
- Decalcification/caries present
- No oral home care
- Sugary foods, snacks
Diet Counseling for Infants
- No juice or milk in bed
- Sippy cups can encourage decay
- Avoid sugary drinks and sodas
- Encourage variety and a balanced diet
- Low-sugar snacks
- Fluorides – topical and systemic
Oral Home Care for Infants
- Brush or massage teeth and gums 2x daily
- Use a small, soft toothbrush
- Pea-sized amount of toothpaste, with Fluoride
- Guidance on thumb sucking, pacifier
- Response for home accidents, trauma
- Based on Risk Assessment
- At age one year
- Two years if delayed in development