AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I START TO BRING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST?
The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first visit by age 1 or 6 months after the first tooth has erupted. This will establish a dental home for your child. These early visits allow your child to become comfortable with the dentist at an early age and teach parents proper techniques to care for your child’s teeth.
HOW DO I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR THEIR FIRST VISIT?
As a parent, you can help make your child’s first visit to the dentist positive and enjoyable. Be sure to inform your child of the visit and its purpose, but take care in how you present it. Please avoid using works that cause fear such as “needle”, “shot”, “pinch”, or “drill”, as they suggest an unpleasant experience. Most importantly, please do not tell your child that the dentist will not “hurt” you. Since children are extremely intuitive, it may never have occurred to them, but simply hearing the word could develop a new fear that initially did not exist. You may want to consider picking up one of the many wonderful children’s books dedicated to the topic of teeth and dentists. Families are also always welcome to stop by for a tour as well. Our friendly team is happy to show your child around.
CAN I STAY WITH MY CHILD?
Parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany their child during the initial exam. This gives us the opportunity to communicate directly with you about your child’s dental health. If subsequent visits are necessary, we welcome one parent back in the treatment room.
WHAT IS THE FIRST VISIT LIKE? WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ANXIOUS OR FEARFUL?
The first visit is designed to be informative and fun with an exam, cleaning, fluoride and/or x-ray (if indicated). We will review proper home care and diet. Our specialized staff of hygienists and Dr. Olstein will spend time talking with you about your child and any concerns you might have. Parents are welcome to sit in the chair with their child if they are anxious for the exam. If necessary we offer nitrous oxide and IV sedation for future dental treatment. Our goal is for your child to have a positive dental experience. Dr. Olstein is always available to talk to parents about any specific needs before or after your child’s dental visit.