At Dentist & Dontist, we strive to make your child’s first and subsequent visits as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our goal is to provide optimal dental care in a gentle and caring manner to all our patients to build healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Our focus is on education, prevention and early treatment.
Our Doctors are specialists trained in providing quality dental care. Their dedication to preventative dentistry, education, and helping to create a smile your child will keep forever is unsurpassed. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including digital radiographs and sterilization procedures. We monitor all advancements in dentistry so we can continue to provide the best care possible.
We encourage active participation with our patients and their families so that together we can help your child develop proper oral hygiene practices by educating them on the importance of brushing, flossing, and having a healthy diet. We advocate oral health and general welfare to infants, children, teens and patients with special needs. We will help motivate and educate our patients, their parents and the community in support of preventative dentistry.
Preparing your child for a visit
When your child is old enough to understand a visit to the dentist and have worries or fears, it may be helpful to prepare him or her to limit or overcome any anxiety. This first visit can set the tone for all future visits. Here are some things you can do:
- Talk to your child about the visit. Explain what will happen, but make it simple. Tell your child that the dentist will “count” and “take pictures” of his or her teeth.
- Don’t communicate any fear you have to your child. Don’t talk about how the dentist scares you or how bad your last visit was. Don’t use words like “shots,” “drills,” or “needles.”
- Talk to your dentist about any worries your child may have. Work together to help limit them. For example, if you know your child does not like “scary tools,” the dentist may be able to keep them out of sight.
- Look for books that explain what it is like to go to the dentist. They usually contain pictures to help explain what happens. They also let your child see what the inside of a dental office looks like.
- Ask your child to draw a picture of his or her mouth or teeth to take to the dentist. Your child can then talk about this to begin the visit.