The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends initial visits for children starting at age 1. Many parents often ask us, "But how will you handle my child? He/she will not cooperate at this age." We often tell our parents, please do not feel apprehensive about bringing your child in to see us. At age 1, we generally do an initial examination which lasts a few minutes. Most of the appointment is focused on prevention information for parents. It is better to get an early start on a preventive program than to avoid the dentist, which may lead to minor dental problems becoming major ones down the road. Also, in most cases, decay grows slowly. Often times if the decay is caught early, there are therapies that can be used to reverse or minimize their growth.
We want your child’s visit to be enjoyable and positive. A comprehensive examination and teeth cleaning often comprise the first visit. Older children would also receive a fluoride treatment and x-rays. It is important that the first visit is a happy one. If very young children are reluctant for either their cleaning or x-rays, we may postpone that part of the appointment. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is a normal reaction to that fear. Sometimes only the examination is accomplished. We want your child to leave feeling successful!
Parents are welcome to accompany their children during their visit. If you choose to accompany your child, please allow us the opportunity to build rapport and provide positive coaching. If your child needs reassurance, we may ask you to hold their hands or to sit in your lap. We understand that each child is unique and pride ourselves in taking the time to work with each child and their family.