DENTAL HYGIENE

Dental Hygiene


Age 1 Visits
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommends that children visit the dentist by their 1st birthday. We believe that a child's first visit to our dental office should be fun, educational, and most of all, make a positive impression. The goal of the first dental visit is to introduce our patients to a lifetime of healthy dental habits. We provide parents with a wealth of information to help them care for their child's teeth. We want children of all ages to have a fun and educational experience so that coming to the dentist will be a positive part of their lives.

Initial Exam
Our new patient visit includes an orientation to the office, oral examination, soft tissue examination, prophylaxis (cleaning), necessary x-rays, fluoride treatment, oral hygiene instruction, dental development evaluation, dietary and nutritional counseling, and patient/parent education. We encourage mom and dad to be present with their child during their entire visit. We teach you and your child how to best care for their teeth, advise on eating habits and answer any specific questions you may have. We explain how cavities are caused, what we can do to prevent them and how your children can help fight gum and tooth disease by brushing properly. All information is provided in an age appropriate manner to help nurture and encourage your child. 

Check up Appointments
Our check up appointments encompass more than "just a cleaning." We view each check up as an opportunity to provide you and your child the tools your family needs to remain cavity free. 

Dental Education
Although check up appointments are a critical component of your child's dental care, we know that your child's home care program and habits will more likely influence his or her ability to stay cavity-free. Therefore, we place a significant emphasis on education and help identify and eliminate potentially harmful habits. Please refer to our FAQ on how cavities develop and brushing tips.
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