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Your Child’s First Visit

No matter what your experience has been in the past, this is an opportunity to help your child to "get off on the right foot". When talking to your child, treat the future visit in a positive, excited fashion. Be honest with your child, but be careful not to alarm your child with discomforting thoughts if you have not yet learned about our special approach. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt.

Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to your child. Feel free to visit our office before your child's appointment. You can explain to your child that the dentist wants to be a friend and help care for his or her teeth. Tell your child that at their first visit the dentist will count their teeth, clean them with a special, tickling toothbrush, and take some pictures of their mouth. At their first visit, they will also be given fluoride.

Your Child Needs X-Rays


We feel it is our obligation to give the child patient the very best in dental care. To accomplish this goal we must have at our command all diagnostic aids, including X-rays. Looking at the teeth alone without X-rays misses over 60% of dental decay. A tooth may even be abscessed without evidence of pain or swelling. Only an X-ray can show this to us. As far as safety, we utilize minimum radiation dosage via digital radiography, and protective lead aprons. X-rays will be recommended when needed to help diagnose tooth decay or any abnormalities.

Treatment


Many children are calm, comfortable and confident in our dental office. We make children feel special when they come to our office. Our staff members enjoy to work with our pediatric patients because they enjoy kids.

Sometimes, however, a child feels anxious during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective technique to calm a child's fear of the dental visit.

It is important to understand that although we make every effort to treat your child in our office, sometimes we need to refer to a pediatric dentist to help manage their behavior.

Pediatric dentists have special training in behavioral management and sedation methods that are not used in our office.