We want kids to enjoy their dental visits, so we maintain a calm environment in our offices, and explain what we are doing. We also strive to work efficiently so we can get things done for your child without a lot of waiting.
Our ultimate goal is to PREVENT dental problems before they become significant enough to warrant standard treatment. So, we always take a few minutes to review possible prevention strategies, including higher-fluoride toothpastes, xylitol products, innovations like the Gum Chucks and Ortho Gami products that are designed to make flossing easier, and alternatives to the drill (when appropriate) such a
Do you want to be in the room with your child during a dental visit? Welcome! We do not have a policy requiring parents to stay in the waiting room. We are parents, too, so we understand wanting to be there for our own kids.
At pediatric cleaning/checkup appointments, parents typically have three big questions:
1. Does my child brush well?
2. Are there any cavities?
3. Will my child need braces?
We track brushing and flossing in our notes, and we gently point out areas they are missing with the toothbrush bristles. We use low-radiation, digital x-rays to look for hidden cavities. And we track growth and development at every visit, so we can offer good ongoing advice about when it's time to visit an orthodontist. When the time comes for a referral, we are happy to work with the orthodontist of your choice, or help you select one from amongst the excellent nearby practitioners.
Parenting is challenging. We know. We want kids to enjoy their dental visits, so we maintain a calm environment in our offices, and explain what we are doing. We also strive to work efficiently so we can get things done for your child without a lot of waiting.
For many children, the most challenging thing about dental visits is unfamiliarity. Please contact us if you want to bring your child for a short social visit before his/her "official" first appointment. We are happy to give a quick tour. There is no charge for this. One additional strategy for introducing kids to our office is to bring your child first as an observer. If you want your child to observe during your own dental appointment, we are happy to accommodate this. Often this helps kids see that going to the dentist is normal and easy, perhaps even a little bit boring!
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