We recommend children visit a pediatric dentist by the first birthday or within six months of when their first baby tooth erupts. Although it seems early, we find that regular visits to our office allows small children to become comfortable and familiar with our pediatric dental team. With positive dental experiences, most kids feel more comfortable, grow to love coming to the dentist and look forward to their appointments!
Dr. Berlin and our staff will introduce pediatric dentistry to your child with terms he/she can relate to according to his or her age and level of emotional maturity. During their first check-up, we will complete a full mouth clinical examination checking for decay, proper eruption and jaw development. We will provide a cleaning to remove decay-causing plaque and apply a protective fluoride treatment. Our team will also make suggestions on healthy food choices and how to properly brush your child’s teeth, along with examples on what toothbrushes and toothpaste we recommend using on your child. X-rays will only be taken if it is deemed necessary to evaluate the developing teeth and jaws.
Parents are always welcome to accompany the child into the treatment area. The parents presence is usually comforting and encouraging in a new situation. Many toddlers even sit on a parent’s lap for the appointment!