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When & What Is My Child’s First “Regular” Visit?
Our office in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist by his or her 1st birthday. The dentist will check for cavities, evaluate the eruption(growth) of the primary(baby) teeth, review oral hygiene and make recommendations on diet and nutrition. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Our goal is to create a warm and friendly atmosphere that welcomes your child into our practice. We invite parents to join their children into the treatment area. We use child friendly words such as Mr.Thirsty, tooth tickle brush and tooth counter to describe our instruments. Please don’t use words such as “shot” or “needle” since this may cause unnecessary fear and anxiety. The dentist and staff uses the “Tell-Show-Do” approach, where the child is told what will be done and then shown what will happen(on the patient or parents hand or with the use of a puppet). This is done before the start of the procedure.
We strive to make the first visit a happy experience. We want to promote optimal dental health for years to come.