The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday. It is important to establish a “Dental Home” by 12 months of age to allow children to receive proper preventive and routine oral health care.
Bringing your child in at an early age allows us to evaluate his/her teeth for any cavities that may be small or just starting. It is much easier to repair a cavity when caught early and avoid any pains if detected later. We will also evaluate facial growth and development patterns of your child noting any habits that may influence their dental development.
At Toothbuds, we believe that if children can have fun while developing a positive dental outlook, they would be more likely to maintain good oral health for a lifetime. That is why, in support of the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we recommend that children should visit a dentist by their first birthday. Early involvement in a primary prevention program can keep your child’s teeth healthy and help in the prevention of cavities. We also provide anticipatory guidance so you know what to expect in the next 6 months until your child’s next visit.
PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT
Before the initial visit, get them excited about their appointment as a sign of growing up. Tell them that they will be going to see the dentist and that she will be counting their teeth and cleaning them. It is best to refrain from using words that may cause unnecessary fear like needle, pull, drill, hurt. Let the dentist and her staff explain the procedure to them in a language that is age appropriate.
We understand that every child is different and treatment will be based on each individual child’s needs. We encourage you to accompany your child during their initial visit and treatment. Our staff is highly experienced in helping your child overcome apprehension and will do their best to make it a positive dental experience.
Once you enter our office, you will see all the “cool things” that make the office fun and friendly, even for the most apprehensive child. Our State-of-the-Art facility is equipped with flat screen tv’s, games, books, and stuffed animals in the play area, catering to all ages. Once you are escorted to the room, your child will have the option of choosing from a variety of up-to-date movies to watch while in the chair. We are also proud to be equipped with electronic charting and digital x-rays.