It may come as a surprise to find out that a child who has had their first birthday is old enough to visit the office for the first time. This also applies to any child who has at least four teeth. This is an ideal time for a child to experience a gentle and professional dental exam.
The staff will do everything we can to make your child’s dentist visits pleasant and instill in them the foundations for excellent dental care. Our dentists, Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, and Dr. Seth Prochaska, will also provide encouragement and education on proper dental habits.
What Are the Benefits of Children’s Dentistry?
One of the most significant benefits of children’s dentistry is that it sets your child on the path toward continued excellent oral health. With many adults having dental anxiety or fear, having a good experience to draw on can help a child grow up without that pervasive problem plaguing them.
There’s no reason to wait, by visiting us early, your child has a pleasant experience to look back on. They also get the many benefits of children’s dentistry. A skilled dentist brings enormous value to your children, whether it is their first visit or a visit in their teens. The team here has the expertise and training that is needed to provide the best possible experience.
Working with children does require specialized skills and each of our dentist have great training to do this in the best way possible. Other benefits offered include the fact that even a baby’s teeth can be monitored for disease or decay. We can check the alignment of their teeth. We will also provide the parent, as well as the child, information on properly brushing the child’s teeth and gums.
What Happens at a First Visit?
Before the visit, make sure that you avoid making the appointment seem like something scary for your child. You can show them our website with photos of the office and the staff. You can also explain why having healthy teeth is important and explain that we will be helping them on that journey.
Our dentists will want to talk to your child and get to know them. Then they will have their teeth checked to be sure they are coming in as they should. They will also look at the gums and jaw to determine any irregularities. The goal of a first visit is just to make your child comfortable with the office and dentistry. We are also there to provide you and your child with answers to any questions or concerns you might have.