FAQS: Do you see children?

Yes, we see patients of all ages.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children are seen for their first dental visit by approximately 12 months of age.  This is especially true for children who are at a high risk for developing decay.  In general, children at high risk for developing decay have parents with a history of poor dental health.

This initial visit at 12 months of age is quick and relatively enjoyable for both the child and parent.  "X-rays" are not made and usually the child does not even have to sit in the "big chair".  This visit is meant for the dentist to quickly "count the teeth" and evaluate the child's developing dentition as well as discuss home care and diet with the parent.  At times, early problems can be discovered and simple measures can be made so these problems do not become serious.

This easy initial visit allows the child to become accustomed with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office.  When it is time for a more involved dental visit such as having a "filling" placed, they will be much more comfortable with the experience.

Sometimes a child will be better served seeing a dental specialist called a Pediatric Dentist.  These dentists have undergone additional training pertaining to the treatment of children and are experts at child behavioral management in the dental setting.  If we notice a child would benefit from being seen by a Pediatric Dentist, we will make the proper referral.

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