Welcome! We would like to thank you for the opportunity to provide dental care for your child. Whether this is a new experience or one you have been through previously, we will strive to make it a positive one.
To develop a lifetime goal of optimum oral health within our patients and their families by offering them a dental home. Our dental home provides education, prevention of dental disease, and positive dental experiences for children as they grow from infants through their teenage years.
To have your child leave our office with a healthy smile and a positive attitude toward lifelong dental care.
If it is your child’s first visit to the dentist or just the first time to a new office, we want your child to feel comfortable and have a good time in our office. Before your visit it is good to inform your child where they are going and always be positive. It is important to refrain from the use of negative words that will cause unnecessary fear. Please do not tell your child that the “dentist will not hurt” as this may never have entered his/her mind. Also, please avoid using such words as needle, shot, pull or any other word suggesting an unpleasant experience. Our doctors and staff will tell your child exactly what is going to happen in a pleasant non-threatening manner. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our office and chances are they will do exactly that!
As a three year old your child will most likely be ready for a “Big Kid Cleaning”. The appointment will entail the taking of necessary radiographs, removal of plaque and tartar, polishing, flossing and application of topical fluoride. Dr. Clapp or Dr. Bell will then perform a thorough head and neck examination and evaluate the health of your child’s teeth, gums, and bite. This appointment will also entail taking necessary x-rays. The hygienist will also give you and your child any necessary oral hygiene instruction in an age appropriate manner.
The purpose and goal of this visit is to provide the foundation for a lifetime of optimum oral health. We will discuss dietary habits, how to keep your child’s mouth clean, and discuss any other issues or concerns that you may have. A thorough examination will be performed by one of the doctors and topical fluoride will be applied to your child’s teeth. The examination will be done with your toddler laying in your lap. With this and following visits your child will mature and become more trusting in us. When they reach the age of three we will begin regular continuing care as explained above.
Parents are encouraged to accompany their child to the treatment area for their initial visit. This gives you the opportunity to see our staff in action. We do ask that if you decide to accompany your child back at the first visit that you assume the role of a silent observer. Your presence is greatly enhanced if you play a passive role. If more than one person is speaking to the child at once they may become confused. This is so that cooperation and trust become established between your child and our staff. After the first visit your child will be encouraged to come back alone. This builds autonomy and trust between us and your child. This will also help us establish a closer rapport with your child while building his/her confidence.
If any additional treatment is diagnosed at the first appointment, we will review any available radiographs and the treatment plan with you. Our new patient coordinator will discuss the financial aspects of your child’s treatment and review your dental benefits as needed. We will then schedule an appointment to complete the treatment for a later date.