Comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry
Information for Parents
Young children do their best when
seen at morning appointments.
You probably get mellow when you are tired,
however, children react exactly the opposite:
they get cranky when they are tired. On young
children (even the ones with the nicest
dispositions), appointments at the end of the
day often result in tears and sad faces.
Please, help us make the best of your child's
appointment, make your appointment in the
We know school attendance is important, so
we will give you a doctor's excuse for late arrival
or early dismissal. Teachers always
|The American Academy of Pediatrics
advises to have your child's first dental
checkup when the first tooth erupts
(around age one)
Many times this is the first experience with
dentistry; in some other cases, the child has had
a previous unpleasant experience. In either
case, we try our best to alleviate their pain and
treat only the emergency problem to upset them
as little as possible. Ideally, we like to bring them
back when they are not in pain for a regular
preventive visit where they can be introduced to
dentistry in a more gentle manner.
The first visit
Your child's first visit is very important. It may be the first
experience with dentistry. If it is just a healthy-child first visit,
we will examine the mouth (lips, cheeks, tongue, floor of the
mouth, tonsils, hard and soft palate), check the growth and
development of the head, and check the teeth and gums. We
will evaluate their hygiene habits and give suggestions to
improve it. The child will receive a cleaning and topical
fluoride treatment. We do not take x-rays routinely. We only
take x-rays when they are necessary, and we will let you
know before we do it. We also evaluate any tongue, lip,
cheek or thumb habits that may influence the development of
attractive teeth. Once this is done, we will explain to you our
findings and recommendations. Because this visit is easy
and we try to make it enjoyable, it helps to overcome many
fears that the child may have, and helps them to become
acquainted with dentistry in a pleasant manner
How to prepare your child for the first visit
Too much information may lead your child to believe that
there is reason for concern. Children are usually happy to
know that they are going for a teeth-checkup. Try to sound
casual about it and try to avoid phrases like "it will not hurt".
The words "hurt" or "pain", may not have even crossed their
mind. Let them know we will count their teeth, give them a
new toothbrush, and a few presents if they know how to
Why have a dental visit at age 1?
We are often asked this question.
This baby is not yet two years old, and the mom is showing us
here how the decay on her front teeth has already started an
infection that drains pus into her mouth continuously. Her
second molars (two year old molars) have not even started to
grow into her mouth. This baby is in constant pain and has
trouble sleeping and eating.
If she had been seen a year ago, before her teeth got
completely destroyed, she would probably still be smiling.