At what age should I start to bring my child to Tooth Club For Kids?
The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first visit by age one or six months after their first tooth has erupted. This will establish a dental home for your child. These early visits allow the child to become comfortable with the dentist at an early age and will give parents the chance to learn proper techniques to care for their child’s teeth. Prevention and education in dental care are two of the best treatments we can offer.
How do I prepare my child for their first visit?
As a parent, you can help make your child’s first visit to the dentist positive and enjoyable. Be sure to inform your child of the visit and its purpose but take care in how you present it. Please convey to your child that going to the dentist is a positive experience. Try to avoid using words like “needle” and “shot” as those words may cause unnecessary fear or anxiety. If your child has a favorite toy or blanket that comforts them, please bring it with you to the visit. We check the teeth of dolls and stuffed animals too! Families are always welcome to stop by for a tour as well. Our friendly team is happy to show your child around.
Can I stay with my child?
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay with their child during the exam. This gives our pediatric dentist the opportunity to communicate directly with you about your child’s dental health. If subsequent visits are necessary, we welcome one parent in the treatment room. We explain everything in an age appropriate manner, so your child learns while having fun.
What is the first visit like? What if my child is anxious or fearful?
The first visit is designed to be educational and fun with an exam, cleaning, fluoride and/or X-ray (if indicated). We will review proper home care and diet. Our specialized staff and Dr. McKay Garrett will spend time talking with you about your child and any concerns you might have. Parents are welcome to sit in the chair with their child if they are anxious about the exam. If necessary, we offer nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, and IV sedation for future dental treatment. Our goal is for your child to have a positive dental experience. Dr. McKay Garrett is always available to talk to parents about any specific needs, just call 602-843-1275.
What happens at the exam?
At every exam we will review your child’s health history, take any necessary X-rays, and clean your child’s teeth. We will conduct a thorough clinical examination of your child’s mouth, palate, gums, tongue and teeth; and teach them about good food choices and how to brush and floss their teeth.
After every examination, we provide parents with essential information about your child’s dental health:
- An assessment of your child’s risk for decay;
- An evaluation of your child’s soft tissues and gums;
- An evaluation of your child’s bite and dental growth; and
- An assessment of your child’s oral health as it pertains to his or her overall health including suggestions about nutrition.