We welcome and love seeing children in our practice!
Very First Visit to Dentist (Usually between age 1-4)
We see patients as young as 1 year old, but most first visits to our office are at age 3. The first visit is all about getting your child comfortable with going to the dentist, so they can develop a lifetime of good dental health. We welcome the parents to come into our treatment rooms with the child, and have the child sit in the parent’s lap for this first visit. We keep this first visit short and simple (usually 15-30 minutes). We count the teeth, look for sugarbugs, and shine the child’s teeth either with a regular toothbrush or our “tickly” brush. There’s always a goodie bag and trip to the treasure chest at the end of this visit. It is then ideal to bring your child back every 6 months for an exam and cleaning, this keeps them comfortable with the dentist and allows any dental problems to be caught early.
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Children Age 5 and up
These visits are similar to adult visits, but usually take between 30-45 minutes. Your child will be seen by the dentist and dental hygienist. We obtain first radiographs at age 5 to assess growth and development. The dental exam evaluates teeth, gums, soft tissue, growth and development, and oral hygiene. We always polish the teeth and discuss proper home care with the children. And of course, we offer a prize from the treasure chest, unless they declare themselves too big for treasures!