Infant visit (age one)
Let’s get that smile started—the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourage taking your child to the dentist for their first visit by age one. Early prevention of cavities is the primary goal.
During your visit:
What we do
Your first visit will be focused on assessing the development of your infant’s mouth and discussing the best ways to protect their growing smile.
How it works
No dentist’s chair required! You will sit knee-to-knee with the doctor so your child can comfortably lay back between the two of you in a safe, nurturing environment.
What to expect
It’s very common for a child this age to cry in response to something they don’t want to do. One of the many benefits of visiting a pediatric dentist is our ability to handle a child’s tears with compassion and understanding— even when they can’t talk to us yet.
Toddlers and preschoolers
The sooner your child begins getting regular dental check-ups, the healthier their smile will be for the rest of their lives. Early check-ups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, making it easier for them to learn how to speak and chew properly.
During your visit:
What we do
To ensure optimal oral health, we recommend visits at least twice a year for a comprehensive exam of the teeth and gums by one of our pediatric dentists, which may include digital radiographs. Teeth cleanings begin when most of your child’s baby teeth have arrived, typically around 3 years of age (but it may be earlier in some cases).
How it works
Can’t imagine taking an active toddler to the dentist? Good news: we don’t expect them to sit in a dentist’s chair. You will sit knee-to-knee with the care provider so your child can comfortably lay back between the two of you in a safe, nurturing environment until they are ready for the dentist’s chair.
What to expect
Your pediatric dentist will customize a home hygiene program for your child by providing recommendations and instructions based on your child’s individual needs, exam findings, and risk factors.
Elementary to young adult
Our warm, welcoming environment is designed to help your child develop a positive attitude toward dentistry that lasts a lifetime. You can count on Smiles in Motion to meet your child’s unique needs as they grow, partnering with you every step of the way.
During your visit:
What we do
In addition to cleaning and polishing your child’s teeth, your dentist will assess your child’s mouth for early signs of cavities, developed cavities, signs of gum disease, dental and oral abnormalities, and developmental patterns during the dental exam.
How it works
We believe that in the right environment, with a close patient-doctor relationship, children respond well to dental treatment. We use the “tell-show-do” method, explaining in age-appropriate terms what we will be doing, and showing them the dental instruments before we do the exam or procedure.
What to expect
As your child grows, age-specific dental recommendations will be made to maintain healthy teeth—such as dental sealants on permanent molars. For teens and tweens with braces, patients may need more frequent visits to ensure their teeth are properly cleaned around the appliances.
As a valuable partner in your child’s oral health, there are many things that parents can do to help make your child’s dental visits as pleasant as possible. A child’s behavior is not always predictable, but our pediatric specialists are trained to manage their fears and concerns, giving them—and you—lots of reasons to smile.
Control your fears
If you have your own fear or anxiety about the dentist, please do not share this with your child. Dentistry has changed a lot over the years, and we’ll do everything we can to provide a positive experience. Some extra words of encouragement from you can go a long way!
Parents can refer to the dentist and their team as “helpful” and even “friends.” If you show your child that you trust the dentist and know they will take good care of you, your child will likely feel the same.
Avoid scary words
Please do not tell your child that visiting the dentist “won’t hurt”—the thought of being hurt may have never even entered their mind. Please also avoid words like needle, shots, drill, or anything else that suggests unpleasantness or pain. If your child asks what will happen at an exam, you can help by telling them that we will gently “count” and “take pictures” of their teeth.
About Smiles in Motion Pediatric Dentistry
Our board-certified pediatric dentists and team make it fun to go to the dentist! We want to make your and your child’s visit anything but stressful. We have created an environment that helps kids feel comfortable and welcome. From our slide and iPad games in the waiting room to movies on the ceiling to watch during their visits, we want children to know their pediatric dental home was created 100% with them in mind. Come experience the Smiles in Motion difference today.Learn more
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Our patients (and their parents) say it best
Sydney and Hallie B
My kids love watching movies while getting their teeth cleaned. The SIM team work great with children, my kids enjoy going to the dentist.
SIM genuinely cares for each and every patient. They make going to the dentist easy!
I love the amazing doctors and assistants. My favorite part is how easy and relaxing they make dental care for my child.
Eden has been terrified of the dentist but the staff at Smiles in Motion made her experience enjoyable. She is begging to go back. I love being able to trust the staff to ensure my children are receiving the best care possible.
My son is nervous when he goes in and the Smiles in Motion team knows exactly what to do to calm him. He’s usually disappointed that we have to leave! They do a good job and are very thorough, explaining every detail as they go.
I love how welcoming Smiles in Motion is. They take the time to explain what concerns they have and praise children for the care they are taking.
Esme loves to get her teeth cleaned! The staff are all very friendly and professional.
The SIM team is kind and patient, my son loves the play area in the waiting room and the tokens he gets when he doesn't have a cavity.
Everyone I’ve ever encountered at SIM goes above and beyond to make sure my child has the best experience possible. They explain everything so well and my daughter loves getting prizes for doing a great job.
I love the play place and being able to watch my favorite show during my dental cleaning! My favorite part is is getting coins so I can win a prize!
The friendly, caring staff make going to the dentist fun for my son! He loves getting his teeth brushed with the yummy toothpaste.
I love the concern and compassion the Smiles in Motion team shows for kids. It's great to know their teeth are being taken care of.
I love the overall experience Smiles in Motion provides for my child, from the playset to the friendly staff, to the token at the end! I have total confidence in the dentists and staff.
I love that the office is setup for kids! Sometimes mine don’t want to leave after their appointments. My favorite part is the ability of SIM to communicate possible future needs of my kids in an easy to comprehend manner.
We love how willing Smiles in Motion is to listen to our concerns and the continued support and education we receive with each visit!
The environment of the Smiles in Motion office is engaging for my little one and the staff is incredibly friendly.
I love how adaptive Smiles in Motion is to each little ones needs and their willingness to listen to parent concerns! The staff is great at making my kids feel safe and less scared during their visit.
Gracie and Graham J
The amazing employees make every child feel comfortable and safe. The kid-friendly environment then makes kids excited about going back!!
My daughter loves earning a prize coin after each treatment. The SIM team treats my child with care and patience.
We love the fun, family environment. Everyone is great with kids. From the first time we went in, our child has been so at ease about going to the dentist.
My kids love going to Smiles in Motion. The staff are very kind, personable, and skilled. They have a great system and great communication. My kids lve that they can earn prizes have fun at the dentist.
They’re great with little ones and I love knowing my son's teeth are healthy.
The atmosphere is geared towards children and helps make the experience more friendly for them. Smiles in Motion does a very thorough job and treat the kids so well.
I love the care and patience they have for children. My daughter loves having her teeth cleaned!
My favorite part about Smiles in Motion is the team, they are simply the best!
I love how great the team is with my kids! They are so fast and efficient. My favorite part is knowing that I am building great dental care habits for my kids that will last them their lifetime!
The SIM team is helpful, kind and answer any and all questions I have.
We love how caring and kind everyone is. They take great care of my child's teeth.
I love how patient and kind Smiles in Motion is with our children, and they love watching a show during their visit!
The staff are all knowledgeable and willing to listen to my concerns. They are very attentive and always respond to my child's needs.
Emma and Evelynn H
I love how nice and accommodating everyone is no matter the purpose of our visit. My kids' favorite part of their visit is the slide and being able to watch a movie!
The staff do their very best to make my children's dental experience a positive one. The environment is even kid friendly!
I love how whether my child is receiving routine care of a special procedure, they go above and beyond to communicate before, during, and after. I know my kids are receiving the best care.
The staff does such a nice job of making my kids feel comfortable and explaining everything to me in a way I can understand. You can tell they are very experienced in dealing with children. My kids both actually enjoy going to the dentist!
I love how every aspect is tailored to create a positive experience for kids - from the waiting room, to the chairs, to the prizes, to the specially trained staff.
I love how kind and caring they are. My favorite part about my dental care is having healthy teeth!
With a child showing anxiety, I feel they did a great job in identifying what she needed personally to feel more comfortable, like singing “unique” songs performed by Dr. Winn herself. She now relates to the things the staff did versus what she feared before the appointment.
I love how comfortable Smiles in Motion makes my child at his appointments and that he has clean, healthy teeth!
Smiles in Motion knows how to make a dental visit fun and not scary! My child loves getting their teeth cleaned while watching her favorite shows.
They were so great when I had to bring my daughter in for an emergency visit. They made her feel so comfortable and went above and beyond for us. My daughter loved the "fun floor" and climbing cubbies.