Our office follows the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American Dental Association (ADA) recommendations that children should be first seen by a dentist around their 1st birthday. This first visit will consist of checking for cavities and gum disease, observing the child’s occlusion for correct alignment of the jaws, and an evaluation of the proper development of the teeth. The appointment also includes a discussion of any parafunctional habits, a dietary consultation as well a final consultation to address any further questions or necessary dental treatment.
The most important part of this appointment, however, is getting to know and becoming comfortable with our doctor and staff. Parents are welcome to be present for this visit. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. We encourage parents to seek an initial visit at this age because it not only fosters a trusting relationship between you and your child and our staff, but it also enables early intervention if problems do exist. We feel that it paves the way for your child to achieve optimum oral health throughout his/her lifetime, which is our ultimate goal.
Beginning after age 3, your child should routinely have her/his teeth cleaned every six months to maintain good oral health. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and an examination by the dentist will occur. Low-dose digital X-rays will be suggested every year to check for decay/pathology as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
While at our office, your child is welcome to enjoy watching Disney movies, play video games or play in our kid-friendly toy room. Parents are free to sit back, relax, enjoy a cup of coffee or connect to the internet via our free WiFi!