It is very important to make your child’s first visit as enjoyable as possible. A pleasant visit helps build trust and make the patient comfortable in their new dental home so that your child will be more at ease in future appointments. Before you make your appointment for your child, explain to your child what they should expect. You’ll want to avoid mentioning anything about needles or pulling teeth before your first visit, so the thought of the visit “hurting” won’t cross their mind.
Primary teeth (baby teeth) are important for a number of reasons. Healthy teeth allow your child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Primary teeth help to maintain space and guide the permanent teeth into position when they are ready to erupt. The way your child cares for their primary teeth may impact how they will care for their permanent teeth. All 20 primary teeth have usually erupted by the time your child is 2-3 years old. Permanent teeth begin erupting around age 6.
During your child’s visit, we will record their dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination, and discuss any findings with you. We will also discuss good at-home hygiene habits to ensure a long, healthy, and beautiful smile for your child. We provide the following services to help address all oral needs for your child: counseling to help avoid thumb sucking, dental prophylaxis (“cleaning”), fluoride application, sealants, fillings, pulpotomy (baby root canal), stainless steel crowns for baby teeth (for teeth with significant amount of tooth destruction from decay), extractions, space maintainers.