At Cobblestone Kids we make the first visit one that is enjoyable and stress-free for the entire family! The environment we have created is fun and non-threatening. I’m a big believer in first impressions and we want to make sure that ours is the best we can possibly make it.
Most of our treatment utilizes behavioral techniques that promote positive outcomes. One of my favorites is “Tell-Show-Do.” This technique prepares your child for dental exams and treatment by telling and showing your child what we are going to do before we do it.
Preparing your child for his or her first dental visit is encouraged. For young children there are excellent books that describe who the dentist is and why we go. The internet also has a wide range of educational games and hands-on projects related to dentistry.
Whichever your method of preparation make sure you keep the discussion positive and convey good feelings about the dental visit as part of growing up strong and healthy.
Unfortunate experiences that you or other family members have had in the past should not be discussed in front of your child. Children can easily pick-up on negative feelings and it never should be suggested that something “may or may not hurt.”
Let your child develop his or her own perception of the dentist! We strive to make this perception positive and rewarding and one that remains for a lifetime!
The exam usually takes place with your child sitting in the dental chair on your lap. A special pillow is placed on your lap so that your child is comfortable and looking at you the entire time. He or she will sit in a way that allows for me to complete a thorough examination, yet allows for you to see everything.
We will examine your child’s dental growth and development and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw and oral tissues. If needed, we will clean the teeth and apply a fluoride material that is specifically formulated for your little one.
At this important visit we will complete a thorough medical and dental history, assess your child’s risk of developing oral and dental disease and determine an appropriate interval for periodic reevaluation.
Most children at this age will “climb” into the chair on their own. However, all children are different and according to behavior may need to be examined using the lap exam technique applied to children under 3. We will determine what is best for your child on the day of examination.
For children over three we recommend a complete oral evaluation, which consists of a cleaning with fluoride treatment, and if necessary, digital radiographs (X-rays).
After a thorough study of our findings, we will prepare and discuss a treatment plan for your child’s dental needs. This will provide guidance on dental and jaw development, fluoride status, non-nutritive oral habits, injury prevention, oral hygiene and the nutritional effects on the oral tissues.
Typically no restorative treatment – fillings, crowns, sealants, extractions – are performed at this visit, unless Dr. George feels that urgent treatment is warranted. We will make subsequent “restorative appointments” that allow for the appropriate amount of time for each specific procedure that best suits your child’s needs.