As Pediatric Dentist Specialists, we strive to help children grow into adulthood with healthy dental habits. Establishing and maintaining good oral health early will radically reduce a child’s chances of developing decay and infection later.
Examining a child at a young age is an opportunity for parents to receive information from us regarding important issues about their child’s health such as:
- Oral hygiene
- Dietary habits
- Sucking habits that are non-nutritive and dangerous
- Decay risks based on multiple factors including family history
- Dental injuries and trauma
We also can often detect issues in early development that can cause other serious problems later.
WHEN SHOULD YOU BEGIN YOUR CHILD'S DENTAL CARE?
Our doctors encourage you to bring your child in for his or her first visit by one year of age or when they get their first tooth. This recommendation is in line with those of the American Dentist Association (ADA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).
Care provided by a pediatric dentist is the ideal alternative to emergency room care when your child experiences dental issues and/or trauma.
Our pediatric dentistry office tries to schedule appointments at your convenience. We offer the following suggestions for scheduling:
- Preschool-aged children should be seen in the morning, as this makes it easier to work at a slower pace for their comfort.
- School-aged children who require more work should also be scheduled in the morning for the same purpose.
A visit to the pediatric dentist is an excused absence, and our office will be happy to sign a note. As regular care continues, school absences can be kept to a minimum.
Please be aware that we schedule appointment times for each patient specifically. We request that you notify our office 24 hours in advance if you find you're unable to make your scheduled time. We have other patients who also need our care; with a proper allotment of time to inform them, our pediatric dentist office can schedule them in your empty time slot. Of course we understand that life is unpredictable, but we request your cooperation so things can run smoothly for everyone. If late cancellations and no shows become a habit, we will unfortunately have to charge you.