Infants to Toddlers

Pediatric Dental Care

Until a child is preschool age, we don’t expect them to want to get into a dental chair on their own and fully cooperate. The pediatric dentist will likely perform a lap-to-lap or knee-to-knee examination with the parent or caregiver’s help. We will do this in one of our consultation rooms specially designed for this age group. It is not abnormal for a child this age to cry for many things they don’t want to do such as: diaper changes, hair combing, and teeth brushing. Therefore, it is very possible they will cry when we brush and look at their teeth and gums.

Dental Patient Seeing a Children's Dentist

You, the caregiver, play a very important role in your child’s dental visits. It is important for parents and caregivers to play a positive role and refer to the dentist and team as friendly and helpful. May we offer some suggestions to make your child’s visit(s) a pleasant one?

How Parents Can Help

If your child has been seen by another dentist, their first visit to our office will involve an exam by one of our pediatric dentists, a treatment plan, and a chance to get acquainted. If your child’s initial dental visit was unpleasant, please help by telling your child that we only see children, and this is a special office designed for children’s dental care.

Why We're Different

We understand that children are not just small adults and that each child is unique. Children are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists know how to examine children and use appropriate communication styles.


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