At the age of two, children will have their full complement of their primary teeth, or their baby teeth. I feel, depending on the child, between two and three is a good age to begin. There's certainly things that we want our parents to be doing before that age. I participated in a program over at a large hospital in our area, over at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. It was an expectant parent program that I was involved in for 10, 12 years where we spoke with expectant parents on dental care.
One of the things that I think is important is from early on with the baby is to actually clean the ridges, the lower and the upper ridges, before they ever even get teeth. It enables the child to get used to you being in the mouth and cleaning. It also keeps the tissue clean because if there's debris on the tissue, just the gums without any teeth there, the blood vessels will rise to the surface and dilate and you have an inflamed and swollen area.
That causes the "teething" pain that kids have when they are getting their teeth. By keeping a clean environment, the teeth are erupting in a healthy area of tissue and they don't have the pain that they normally would have of going through a normal teething process. There's lots of things like that that we want parents to start habits really early, even before their first visit.
I find on the first visit what works well with our patients is if they are the first child, to come in with Mom or Dad on a cleaning appointment and where the other parent, if they can be there, to watch the child. It's really not their appointment, but they are able to get used to, meet the team, get used to the environment, go into the individual room, look and see there's a light that hangs from the ceiling, there's a TV in the corner, there's a camera on the side, and just get used to it without being thrown in that, "Hey, it's your appointment." They can just observe.
I find many times the child asks, "Can I sit up on the chair? Can I do that?" Then they're wanting to do it rather than being forced to do it. I find if it's a second child, that it works best to have them come in when their older sibling is there because they wanna do everything that the older sibling does. If they can see that their older brother, Johnny, is in there and he's having a great time and loves it and he gets a little prize in the prize box afterwards, he's wanting to jump up there and open wide just like his older brother or sister.
A Calming, Fun Environment For You And Your Child
Our number one priority is making sure you and your child are fully at ease when you visit our office. One thing we’ve found that helps is if you use your own dental cleaning as an opportunity to show your child there’s nothing to be afraid of before they sit down for their own cleaning. But feel free to leave everything else to us!
One of our friendly team members will greet you and your child and introduce you both to the rest of our kid-friendly staff. From there, we’ll give a quick tour of all the cool gadgets and gizmos our state-of-the-art office has to offer. And if your child isn’t quite ready yet, we’ve got other fun things to share:
- Chair rides to put a smile on your child’s face
- Games and prizes
- Futuristic virtual vision glasses so your child can watch their favorite shows on DirecTV
- Soft, cozy blankets
- Tempur-Pedic neck pillows
Kid-Tested, Parent-Approved DentistryRead Transcript
All the people here are really nice and it's completely painless when I come here. It's really fun coming here. And they have a huge bucket of toys, me and my little sister love just staying in there and grabbing them.
I think that was one of my first times coming, I was really nervous and I'm like, mom I don't wanna go to the dentist. And then, after I came, he was really funny and he finished the cavity. He's like, Brayden we're not even half way done, just get comfortable. And he was just joking around and then, I was real ... And he said, I'm just kidding with you, we're done. And I'm like, I didn't feel anything, what the heck.
I recommend other people coming because it's just ... It's probably better than any other dentist in the world, it's just amazing here. Everyone's so friendly, and it doesn't hurt at all to do anything.
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