We feel parental involvement is extremely important. Preparing your child for the first visit by reading recommended books, playing pretend dentist and being positive about the dental experience is very helpful.
At the end of each appointment, parents are invited to reward their child with words of praise for a job well done.
We enjoy establishing a trusting friendship with each child and their parents. We teach parents that it's fun to converse with their child using our gentle dental terminology.
Nutritional counseling is provided to parents that will assist them with packing lunches and snacks for school. We also help parents figure out what may be the cause of cavities for their child, if applicable, and give them many ideas for preventing dental decay.
The first dental visit is the foundation of a growing relationship between our dental office and your child. We feel it is important that your child be allowed to become familiar with our office environment and our team as soon as their teeth start to appear.
At the new patient appointment the dentist and the team will spend quality time getting to know you and your child. We teach your child to be comfortable with dentistry by explaining the procedures and demonstrating the equipment in a fun and imaginative way.
A complete review of your child's medical health and any special needs or concerns will be addressed. More complicated procedures, such as fillings, should be done at a later visit after your child has become familiar with the office.
Many parents want to know when their child's first appointment should be scheduled. Dr. Pareja recommends a child's first dental visit should be scheduled six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday.
We specialize in infant oral health exams and parent education. Baby
teeth are needed for proper chewing, learning to talk, developing
jaw muscles, and good self image. Healthy baby teeth mean a better
chance for healthy adult teeth.
Our office places great emphasis on preventive measures. Cavities in baby or adult teeth may result in pain, swelling, and infection. Children with pain cannot concentrate in the classroom, may develop behavioral problems and are unable to eat properly. Without the ability to eat normally, development of the body and brain may suffer. Regular preventive visits every six months will minimize cavities and other dental problems.
Parents may accompany their child to the treatment area if they wish to do so, however, if your child is over the age of 3, we recommend that you allow them to accompany our staff, by themselves, through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an open environment designed for children.
Please feel free to contact the office with any questions you may have regarding your child's first visit! We look forward to meeting you!
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