office regularly cares for the dental needs of children as
young as three years old. However, if you have a concern with
your child's teeth or gums prior to this age, please schedule
Preparing Your Child For A Visit To The Dentist
Our caring staff is dedicated to providing children with a
pleasant and positive dental experience. You can play a large
part in preparing your child for his/her visit to the dentist.
We would like to make a few suggestions to help you and your
youngster prepare for a visit to our office. Remember, children
are not born with dental fears -- they are acquired!
- Present the visit as a fun experience for yourself and
for your child.
- Talk to your child positively using words that are mild
and easy to understand. Avoid using words such as needles,
shot, hurt, drill etc.
- Explain to your child in simple terms that we will "count",
"brush" and "take pictures" of their
teeth. By talking about the exam and cleaning in these words,
your child will have a basic understanding of what to expect.
- Be relaxed and at ease. Your child will probably sense
any anxiety on your part.
- If age appropriate, we recommend reading the interactive
story together on the link listed below.
What to Expect From A Child's Dental Visit
Your child's independent checkup at age three will involve
a gentle, yet thorough, examination of his/her teeth, gums,
and bite. The dentist will check for proper development, as
well as tooth decay and other areas of concern. We may take
x-rays for a comprehensive view of teeth and supporting structures.
At the same time, we will be striving to make your child's
visit relaxed and fun.
As your child grows, he or she will need regular
checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health.
Our team will also teach your child how to effectively brush
and floss, with your help at first, then on his or her own.
We are experts at helping your child learn the importance
of good oral health at a young age.
Parents are always welcome in the treatment
rooms. In most cases, it is best if they are silent observers.
Our staff will bond with your child as we get to know their
unique and precious personality.
Every appointment will end with praise, encouragement,
and a trip to the Treasure Chest of Toys for a job well done!
Story from the American Dental Association lets
you Visit the Dentist with Marty!
MORE INFORMATION AND CHILD FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES FROM THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION
Please visit www.mouthhealthykids.org for more information and activities for your child. This site, sponsored by the ADA, has a variety of videos, activity sheets, puzzles, quizzes and games for children and teens of all ages.