Pediatric Dentistry at NorthPointe Dental Clinic
We love working with kids. Given our location many of our clients have young families and we believe that it is important for children of all ages to develop a trusting relationship with the dentist. A positive dental relationship starts early in life. It is important for parents to get advice on their babies’ oral development starting even before the baby is born. Then again at birth. We love to meet your babies and start happy visits and exams on babies and toddlers.
It’s important to start children early in the right direction to good dental hygiene. A starting time for that first dental visit is usually around age one. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best to refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill, or hurt. Pediatric dental offices make a practice of using words that convey the same message but are pleasant and non-frightening to a child.
We encourage patients to come back to the treatment room alone so we may build a secure and comfortable relationship with them. We find when the parent is present, their attention to us is divided. If a parent must accompany their child, we ask that they be a silent observer. If we request a parent’s presence, ask that only one parent is in the operatory and other family members stay in the reception room.
Brushing techniques, flossing, healthy snacks, and fluoride recommendations are just some of the topics discussed during your child’s initial cleaning and exam appointment.