Children’s Dentistry

Caring for your children’s teeth from an early age is of the utmost importance.

Children’s teeth need to be looked after gently and carefully.
Baby teeth or primary teeth help children to speak clearly and chew, they also pave the way for secondary teeth. By following a simple dental routine, you can help give your children healthy teeth and gums.
It is very important not to wait until your child experiences a tooth ache to visit the dentist. By having routine check-ups from an early age, it can help to eliminate the fear of the dental setting and establish a good dental routine they can follow throughout their lives.
The first visit is usually a short one. Our aim is to give your child a chance to get to know the dentist and the clinic in a friendly and non-threatening manner.

During this visit our dental team will do the following:

  • Cavity risk assessment
  • Examine your child’s teeth for decay
  • Examine your child’s gums and soft tissue for disease or problems
  • Evaluate the way your child’s teeth fit together, “the bite”.
  • Identify any potential problems or deleterious habits.
  • Show you and your child how to properly clean his or her teeth at home.
  • Answer your questions or concerns.

We do not usually do a cleaning on your child’s first visit, since we want this visit to be as easy and fun as possible for your child. If your child is very mature or around the age of three or four at the time of their first visit, we may recommend a cleaning and fluoride application. This prophylaxis is an important treatment that serves to reinforce the importance of home care as well as remove plaque and tartar from teeth. At age one a lap-top exam is preferred. In the later years it would be best for the child to sit independently as this enhances the communication between the dentist and the child, without the child looking to the parent for encouragement or security. Dr. Sacco is experienced at handling all types of young patients in a friendly and understanding way.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child for this first visit, since this person will be asked to fill out medical and dental health forms. The parent should also bring a list of any medications the child may be taking and be prepared to discuss any behavioral or health issues. This information is important because it helps us to treat and manage your child in a safe and effective manner.

Preparing for the First Visit
The best predictor of a child’s behavior in the dental chair is the parent’s level of anxiety. In most cases, if the parent is nervous, the child is going to feel the same way.
Here are a few tips to help your child’s first dental visit go smoothly:

  • Tell your child about the visit, but don’t go into details.
  • Let the dentist answer the questions about dental tools and procedures since we often have kid friendly terms for all of our tools. We will explain things in a non-threatening, easy to understand manner.
  • Never tell your child that something may hurt.
  • Don’t tell your child about your own unpleasant experiences.
  • Remember that young children are often fearful. Some are afraid of being separated from their parents, others from the unknown, and some are just shy. We treat many children in our practice and have many ways of helping an anxious or fearful child learn to understand and cope with their dental visits.
  • Explain to your child that the dentist is there to help them with the very important job of keeping their teeth and gums healthy.

We will help eliminate the fear of the dental setting and establish a good dental routine children can follow throughout their lives.