The first “regular” dental visit should be no later than your child’s first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at 6 to 12 months of age) receive proper dental care right from the beginning.
For young children (4 years or younger), it is HIGHLY recommended that the visit take place in the morning time. Children are more rested and more cooperative as opposed to during their nap time or after daycare or school. We have seen this make a huge difference in your child’s ability to cooperate. We are happy to provide excuse forms for work and school to accommodate this schedule.
Upon entering the office, you will be greeted immediately by our friendly staff. Our specialized dental assistants will walk you and your child to their dental chair and introduce the child to the dental equipment. We will begin by gaining and establishing trust with your child using behavior management strategies. After a rapport is established with your child, the dental assistants will clean your child’s teeth and take x-rays if needed.
Dr. Betty will then meet the child and the parent to perform a thorough examination. We will spend sufficient time with you and your child reviewing the cavity process, diet, hygiene, thumb-sucking and pacifier use (if necessary), fluoride exposure and much more! We will also review if we found any cavities, discuss a treatment plan, and review all options available to provide an enjoyable patient experience.