Dr. Staci Blaha is experienced in performing dental treatments on children, such as fillings, root canals and even baby crowns. We practice interceptive orthodontics to ensure that permanent teeth come in straight, reducing the need for braces in the future. And we work with orthodontic and other pediatric specialists.
Parents should bring children in for dental visits as soon as the child is willing to smile for us – usually 18 to 24 months old. You can prepare your child for that first visit by reading to him or her one of the many books available on the subject. Your family should speak positively around the child about the dentist. You might say it is fun and you can’t wait for your next appointment. Talk about how the doctor will count your teeth and may take pictures of them.
We never use the word “hurt” around children with regard to dentistry, and we discourage parents from doing so. Not even in the context of “it won’t hurt a bit.” We simply find it is best not to introduce that word into a child’s dental vocabulary.
If your youngster has an older sibling, you may bring the little one in to watch the older child’s appointment. Sometimes, we can arrange for your toddler to sit in on another child’s visit to see that there is no reason to be afraid, followed by a tour of the office, meeting the staff, and a ride on the chair. We will stress the importance of oral hygiene and teach proper brushing techniques.
As a testament to these gentle methods, we often hear that children want to come along for a parent’s appointment!