According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, every child should visit a Pediatric Dentist at approximately 12 months of age or when the 1st tooth erupts. After the initial visit, visiting the dentist every 6 months will help your child maintain optimal dental health.
We are committed to providing a positive experience for your child’s first visit to the dentist. When preparing your child, please reinforce the idea that going to the dentist is a fun and comfortable experience. Please try to avoid using words like “pain,” “needle,” “shot” and “hurt” when talking to your child about the dentist. We will always tell your child about each procedure and how it works, show your child what it looks like, and then perform the procedure when they are comfortable. If you are anxious about the visit, your child will sense that and will be anxious as well.
We strive to provide a fun and supportive environment for children. Our approach to dentistry for children is “Tell, Show, Do.” We will only use the most comforting and positive words and phrases when talking to your child.
Our goal is for both you and your child to leave our office calm, happy and smiling from ear to ear!
Common First Dental Problems
Gently clean the area around the tooth, rinsing the mouth with warm water and gently flossing to remove any particles that may be lodged in the tissue around the tooth. Give your child Motrin or Tylenol according to the manufacturer’s directions. If your child is still experiencing pain, please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Cut lip, gum, cheek or tongue
Apply ice to help reduce swelling and apply pressure with a clean cloth for at least 10 minutes to stop any bleeding. If the bleeding will not stop, call our office immediately.
A baby tooth gets knocked out
Baby teeth that get knocked out cannot be re-implanted. Apply firm pressure to the site with a clean cloth for at least 10 minutes. Give your child Motrin or Tylenol, maintain a soft, bland diet and call the office to schedule an appointment for evaluation.
A permanent tooth gets kncocked out
If your child loses a permanent tooth, please call the office immediately. It is crucial to replace the tooth back into the socket as quickly as possible. Handling the tooth by the crown, gently rinse the tooth, avoiding touching the root if at all possible. DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH OR CLEAN WITH SOAP. If you can place the tooth back in its socket, have your child bite down on gauze to keep it in place until you get to the office. If you cannot put the tooth back in place, put the tooth in a small container of milk or saliva until we can try to re-attach the tooth.
A tooth gets chipped or broken
Gently rinse the area with lukewarm water and have your child place a cold compress on their face to reduce swelling. If you can locate the piece of broken tooth, place the piece in milk and call our office immediately.