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 staff as soon as their teeth start to appear.
At the new patient appointment, the dentist and staff 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. The office visit will include a thorough oral examination, x-rays if required, a cleaning and fluoride application.
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. We conclude the first visit with an office tour.
Your child will also receive stickers, a prize, toothbrush and floss, as well as an oral hygiene demonstration and nutrition counseling. You will receive a summary of your child’s oral health and future dental needs. We look forward to your visit and hope you and your child will have the dental experience of a lifetime.
We specialize in infant oral health exams and parent education. We recommend that both mom and dad come to their baby’s first visit. This early appointment is one of the best things you can do for your baby. Our doctors will examine your baby’s teeth, check for decay, make sure teeth are erupting in the right order, screen all the oral tissues for diseases, determine proper jaw development and give valuable information on infant oral care and proper nutrition. Ask about our FREE new patient exam off for new patients under three years old.
Approximately 5 percent of newborn babies have breastfeeding difficulties due to a short frenum attachment under their tongue; this is sometimes referred to as tongue tie. Warning signs of tongue tie can be painful nursing, inconsistent sleep patterns, baby not getting enough to eat, and an exhausted mom. This can be corrected by a simple, harmless procedure called a frenotomy. Our skilled board certified dentists use the latest in dental laser technology to release the frenum and provide relief for both baby and Mom. Schedule your consultation as soon as you recognize possible signs of tongue tie.
Did you know that cheese reduces the pH in your mouth? Did you know that fresh apples have antibacterial properties, while apple juice is the most common cause of tooth decay in young children?
With so little time in the day for all the activities your children are doing, it can be tempting to stop and get fast food instead of making a well-balanced meal at home. Some of the most common foods that result in tooth decay for children are apple juice, any sugary energy drink, soft processed or sticky foods (such as crackers, cereal or fruit rolls) that linger on the teeth, or sweetened coffee and tea drinks. Take the time to involve your kids in proper food selection and preparation. It is a gift that will stay with them a lifetime!
Ask your doctor about medications that may cause dry mouth, as saliva is necessary to wash away food. Some medicines are high in sugar, so brush after using them.
We recommend printing this custom tooth eruption chart and keeping track of your children’s’ progress. Don’t forget to place those lost baby teeth under your child’s pillow for the Tooth Fairy. Let us know if you have concerns about the pattern or difficulty of tooth loss or crowding.
Primary Tooth Eruption Chart
Permanent Tooth Eruption Chart
Baby Teeth Eruption Chart
Prolonged thumb sucking, finger sucking, or pacifier use can create crowded teeth, permanent bite problems, or even speech impairment. We encourage parents to break the habit as early as possible by using positive reinforcement.
We offer a thumb sucking program that helps children gently transition away from the habit. Your child will be paired with his/her favorite dental assistant and will be required to call the office and report on his/her daily progress. After five days of consistently calling in and not sucking their thumb, your child will be rewarded with an Amazon gift card!
Teens & Young Adults
Teens are caring, intelligent, passionate and understanding individuals with a keen sense of social justice, identity, and independence. We provide support and respect for our teens, tailoring oral health to their unique needs. Our goal is to create a trusting environment where they can feel comfortable learning about personal risks related to their oral health.
As teens enter into early adulthood they are faced with new risk factors for the development of tooth-related health problems including sports drinks, juice bars, coffee, hormonal changes, and mouth breathing.
Dental x-rays or radiographs allow the dentist to see things about your child's oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven't grown all the way in.
Modern dental x-ray machines are very safe. We use only state-of-the-art, low radiation machines. The amount of radiation exposure your child's body receives on an airplane flight from Los Angeles to New York exceeds the amount of exposure they will receive from a modern dental x-ray machine. Contrast this minimal exposure with the risk of not finding an illness until it is too late, and you can see why we prescribe regular diagnostic x‑rays.