Dr. Conrad welcomes any questions you may have regarding your child’s oral health care needs. If your questions are not answered below, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. The information below is provided from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
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How can I prepare my child for their visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children are seen by a dentist no later than their first birthday. At your child’s first visit, a member of the Tweet Pediatric Dental Team will review your child’s oral health and discuss any concerns you may have.
Dr. Conrad and her team will clean your child’s teeth and check for normal development of the teeth and gums. Dental X-rays will be taken as necessary for diagnosis and evaluation. We explain these procedures to children as brushing, counting, and taking pictures of the teeth. Parents may accompany children into the treatment area. At times, it may be best for parents to remain in the waiting room, however, this will be determined based on your child’s individual needs. At the first visit, some topics that will be discussed include: oral hygiene, diet, pacifier use/thumb habits, eruption of teeth, spacing of teeth, and fluoride use.
If your child does have a dental concern requiring treatment, we will discuss the best options to successfully help your child complete their dental treatment.
HELPFUL TIPS BEFORE THE FIRST VISIT
Many parents are surprised to see their children have an enjoyable first visit to the dentist. Through special training and attention, we work hard to make your child’s visit to the dentist fun and positive experience.
When discussing the upcoming dental visit with your child, please use positive language and be relaxed when talking about this experience.
Please DO NOT use negative words such as: shot, drill, hurt, needle, or pull. Use of negative words will unnecessarily increase your child’s level of anxiety, and unintentionally create dental fears. We use specialized and gentle terms when describing the dental procedures to children and we have a great deal of experience in helping your child feel good about going to the dentist.
We take pride in having happy patients and confident parents who look forward to their visit to Tweet Pediatric Dentistry!
WHAT IF MY CHILD CRIES?
Parents often wonder what to do if their child cries. Crying is a normal reaction to the unknown and it is okay for children to be anxious about new situations. We are trained to help even the most fearful children through their dental experience. Your child’s positive reaction during their visit may surprise you!