Our office, as well as The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and The American Dental Association (ADA) all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. At this young age problems can be detected, treated early, or avoided completely. More importantly, it can help establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
On your child’s first visit, we usually perform a complete oral examination. Often, we will clean the teeth, apply topical fluoride or cavity varnish, and may take x-rays that allow the dentist to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.