Children’s Dentistry

I have long recommend a first checkup by 12 months old to make certain that teeth and jaw development are normal, and even more importantly so that parents and guardians know how to help their children be healthy from the start. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now also recommends the same thing: First Visit by the First Birthday.

childMy Guidelines for Working with Children

  • comfort is always our concern
  • parent / guardian consent and guidance are vital, before any procedure
  • no restraint is ever used

Being a ‘good parent’ does not require that you take your child to a Children’s Dentist (pedodontist). I routinely see children, and I do refer to a pedodontist when needed (extensive dental treatment required, special needs, etc.).

* Generally it is most effective if parents are NOT in the room during the full time of treatment. If the parents have any dental anxieties, please don’t bring those with you. For your child’s best interest, you will likely be invited to wait in the reception room during treatment.

First Visit

There is a significant value for early well baby dental checkups. In particular, checkups for very young children address many concerns including teaching adults how to care for their child’s teeth and gums, how to help their children learn to care for themselves, answering parents questions and concerns, and planning for future dental health.


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