Introducing Powers Pediatric Dentistry
Just opened Spring 2009
We understand that every parent is nervous about how his or her child will behave at their first dental visit. Your participation in preparing your child for this visit is crucial! Our goal is for all of our new patients and families to have a fun, exciting, and educational dental visit. Our commitment at Powers Pediatric Dentistry is to ensure your child has a very positive experience. Stay positive and avoid over-explaining.
Children often ask what is going to happen at the dental visit. Avoid giving your child more information than he or she is able to understand, but don't purposely mislead your child. Try not to say comments like Don't worry - it won't hurt. These statements actually make your child more anxious because they know you never say that when anticipated experiences are really fun.
We are excited to meet you and your child at their first appointment. If this is your child's first visit to the dentist (or their first time to our office) it is a very important time, and we know that it will be a great experience! Our goal is to build a steady relationship that will last for years in a trusting, comfortable environment and will promote good oral health and habits that will last a lifetime.
The well baby visit, at the age of one, provides valuable information on how to take care of your baby's teeth, how to keep them healthy and cavity free, and how to assess normal dental development. Your baby will have his or her first oral exam during this visit. Parents will learn proper techniques for tooth brushing and receive nutritional information that will help maintain good oral health.
Toddlers will also have an enjoyable first dental visit! We will use a show and tell, or Tell-Show-Do, technique to allow your child to see, touch, play with, and understand every object he or she will come in contact with during this visit. Our staff uses age appropriate language that will help your child grasp dental ideas. Your child will have an oral exam, receive x-rays, and have a dental cleaning with fluoride treatment. Parents will receive nutritional and diet counseling as well as home care instructions for the child's oral hygiene.