“We recommend, along with The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, that every child visit the dentist by the age of 1. A pediatric dentist has obtained special training to evaluate and treat the ever changing mouth of children. In addition, they are specialists in helping your child overcome anxiety and help foster a positive dental experience ”.
At what age should my child visit the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend that a visit to the dentist should be scheduled by the child's first birthday. It is essentially a well child check-up for your childs teeth. 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.
What will happen during my child's first visit?
Dr. Ramaswami will examine your child's teeth and gums, checking for decay and other problems or abnormalities in the mouth. Your child's bite, proper alignment of jaws, and spacing for permanent teeth will also be evaluated.
X-rays may be taken to evaluate for hidden decay, position and location of the developing permanent teeth. We will also discuss the effect of nursing decay, pacifier and thumb-sucking habits on your childs teeth and speech. Dr. Ramaswami and her team will advise you on a program of preventive health care including brushing, flossing, proper nutrition, and the use of fluoride.
What do I tell my child about seeing the dentist?
Tell them that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help them take care of their teeth. Talk about the visit in a positive matter of fact way, as you would any important new experience. Don't let the child know you feel any anxiety about going to the dentist and don't use a dental visit as a punishment or threat. Try not to use scary words like “shot”, “pull teeth” etc. A visit to the dentist should be a delightful adventure for a young child.
Do I stay with my child during the visit?
We ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Research studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children. If you want to stay with your child during the visit please let our team member know about it.
Children's behavior in the dental office:
Positive dental experience helps to establish trust and confidence that will last a lifetime in your child. Pediatric dentists and their staff have been specially trained to help young, apprehensive children feel good about seeing the dentist and taking care of their teeth. Friendly, compassionate professionals and bright, cheerful office surroundings are all there to help your child feel comfortable and at ease with visiting the dentist. We recommend scheduling younger children in the morning, when they are more rested and cooperative.
How often should regular visits be scheduled?
Ordinarily, periodic recare appointments, which include an examination, preventive dental education, cleaning and fluoride treatments will be recommended twice a year. The frequency of dental visits will partly depend on your child's eating habits; how clean his or her teeth are kept; and if he/she has a history of dental decay.
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please view and print the patient forms, complete the information and bring them with you to your first visit.