Dental Topics


The First Visit

Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination if they are under 3 years old. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!


General Topics

What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Why are the Primary Teeth so Important?
Eruption of Your Child's Teeth
Dental Emergencies
Dental Radiographs (X-rays)
What's the Best Toothpaste for my Child?
Does Your Child Grind His Teeth at Night? (Bruxism)
Thumb Sucking
What is Pulp Therapy?
Adult Teeth Coming in Behind Baby Teeth

Early Infant Oral Care

Perinatal & Infant Oral Health
Your Child's First Dental Visit
When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)
Sippy Cups

Prevention

Care of Your Child's Teeth: Good Diet = Healthy Teeth
How Do I Prevent Cavities?
Seal Out Decay
Fluoride
Mouth Guards
Beware of Sports Drinks