Our office, as well as The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and The American Dental Association (ADA) 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. At this young age problems can be detected, treated early, or avoided completely. More importantly, it can help establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, 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.
On your child’s first visit, we usually perform a complete oral exam. Many times we will clean the teeth, apply topical fluoride and may take x-rays that allow the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves getting your child’s medical history. When you share your child’s medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information. It is also important to inform the dentist of any fears your child may have about dental treatment. The information collected in your first visit will help the dentist select the safest and most effective method of treatment for your child.
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your child’s mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Depending on your child’s age, X-rays may be taken to evaluate for hidden decay, position and location of the developing permanent teeth. We will also discuss potential problems such as nursing decay, pacifier and thumb-sucking habits. Dr. Haider and his staff will advise you on a program of preventive health care including brushing, flossing, proper nutrition, and the use of fluoride.
Checkup appointments typically take 30 to 45 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us 24 hours before your appointment via phone or email. After hours you can always leave a message on our general mailbox.
When I present a treatment plan to parents about their child’s dental condition the parents often ask me “ Why should we do this? These baby teeth are going to fall out anyway!” These are reasons I give why their children’s baby teeth are worth saving: