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Age One Exam
Did you know the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends regular visits for children starting at age one? It is important for the parents and the dentist to get an early start on a program that will prevent decay and minimize dental problems. Mustard Seed Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to the education of our families so they can make wise and informed decisions in the care of their children's oral health. We would love to see your little ones at age one.
What will happen on the first appointment?
Our first concern is to make your child's visit a pleasant one and to gain his or her trust. We will make your child feel welcome and show him or her around the office. We will examine his or her mouth, and we may take some x-ray pictures to see how the bones and teeth are growing. We will suggest ways to protect your child's oral health through diet and the use of fluoride. We will start to teach both of you how to clean and brush the teeth properly. Then, if we see anything else that should be done, we will plan treatment together.
What should I tell my child before we come?
Tell your child the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help him or her stay healthy. Talk about the visit in a positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would any important new experience. A visit to the dentist is a part of your child's journey in maturity and should be a delightful new adventure to a young child.
What else should I do?
DO schedule the visit early in the day. We like to see youngsters when they are rested and the appointment won't conflict with mealtimes or naptime. Children usually feel best in the morning and are more cooperative.
DON'T give your child instructions on how to behave (such as telling him not to cry, sit still in the chair, or to be "good") in the office. DON'T bribe your child to go to the office. DON'T promise any rewards for good behavior.
DO make appointment days easy ones. See that your child is well rested and that we are the first outing of the day. DON'T make other appointments or errands before your dental visit.
DON'T overdo your preparation. Tell your child about the visit the night before, treating it as a highlight of the next day.
DO dress up. Nothing will increase the expectation of a pleasant experience as much as "getting ready" in nice clothes.
In short, look forward to meeting with us. We look forward to meeting you. A pleasant beginning makes for a rewarding child-dentist relationship.