Baby's First Visit
Just as your child has several well-child visits to the pediatrician as an infant, getting your child comfortable with coming to the dentist starts early and allows us to employ preventive methods and facilitate a future free from decay. By having your child visit Dr. Jim and Dr. Andrew at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire before s/he turns one, you have the opportunity to meet the doctors and staff in a relaxed, non-emergency related situation.
This infant exam is quite different than when you visit your dentist. We understand that as the child’s caregiver, you play a large role in his/her health. That’s why your child remains in your lap, facing you and then Dr. Andrew or Dr. Jim places your child’s head on his knees. They will examine your child’s mouth including the teeth, gums, and soft tissues, with simply a mirror. As pediatric dentists, Dr. Jim and Dr. Andrew will check for proper oral and facial development as well as detecting early tooth decay. While a crying child may be stressful, take comfort in the fact that is eases the assessment process because the mouth is wide open. Just as important as the exam, the doctors will discuss issues relating to your child’s oral health. These topics may include:
- Fluoride exposure
- Dietary counseling
- Bottle/Sippy cup usage
- Finger/Pacifier habits
- Injury prevention
- Home hygiene practices
For Children Over 2 1/2 Years Old
Our staff is trained to determine the most effective means to make this visit an easy one for your child. For those not ready for a full appointment, the first visit may just involve meeting us and touring our office. We promise to thoroughly explain every procedure to your child. This method, known as Tell-Show-Do, proves to allay many children’s fears.
Despite all your preparation and our best efforts, your child may still be apprehensive about this new experience and he or she might cry. Crying is a normal reaction to the unknown; do not be upset or discouraged. Most children quickly learn to relax, cooperate and enjoy the visit to our office.
For most children over the age of three, we perform a full examination of the teeth and supporting structures. Following a review of your child’s medical and dental history, a prophylaxis (cleaning) will be completed. We assess the occlusion (bite) and may suggest interceptive orthodontics to minimize future treatment requirements. Radiographs are important to detect decay as well as ensure that the un-erupted teeth (those below the gum line) are developing properly. Our conservative radiographic policy reduces your child’s exposure, but x-rays are part of any comprehensive examination.
Following your child’s examination, we will discuss our findings and any future treatment needs.