PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

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YOUNG SMILES WELCOME!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.
At our practice, we enjoy treating patients of all ages, including children! Keeping baby teeth healthy until they are lost naturally is important! Baby teeth help children chew properly, help with speech development, and save space for permanent teeth.

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TIPS FOR A GREAT FIRST VISIT

  • Familiarize your child with the environment (surroundings, sounds, staff, etc) by bringing them in with you to your next checkup. Watching a family member go first can help ease nerves!

  • Find pictures to color, read books, or watch educational videos together that show characters visiting the dentist. 

  • Role Play. When brushing teeth at night, take turns being the dentist and the patient with your child. Examine and count each other’s teeth so that your child will be familiar with a dental examination.

  • Avoid words like "hurt," "scary," or "painful." Most kids have a great experience when they aren't thinking something bad is going to happen before they get to the office. 

  • Make sure your child is well-rested and well-fed. Also plan plenty of time so that the dental visit isn’t rushed so that everyone is relaxed and comfortable!