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Toddler at the Dentist

Age of a Child’s First Dental Visit

Many parents want to know when to first bring their child to the dentist.  I am happy to evaluate anyone’s oral health, regardless of their age.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see the dentist by age 1:

Parents should establish a dental home for infants by 12 months of age.  The initial visit should include thorough medical (infant) and dental (parent and infant) histories, a thorough oral examination, performance of an age-appropriate tooth brushing demonstration, and prophylaxis and fluoride varnish treatment if indicated.

We love to see children at Lynchburg Family Dentistry.  The main reason to see children early is so that we can catch small issues before they become big problems.  Many times, cavities that would occur around age three can be prevented by giving the child’s parents sound oral health advice and applying a professional application of fluoride.

We also use the American Dental Association’s Caries Risk Assessment form, which is simply a form that let’s us discuss habits and circumstances that make a child more prone to getting cavities along with what you can do to help make sure your child’s mouth stays healthy.

ADA Caries Risk Assessment Form

Preventing cavities at an early age can put your child on the path to excellent oral health throughout life and can also ensure that your child doesn’t need to undergo invasive dental procedures under sedation.

 

LINK TO ARTICLE WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CHILD’S FIRST DENTAL VISIT:

 

If you choose to join the Lynchburg Dental Plan, there is no charge for us to do exams, cleanings, and fluoride applications on children ages two and under.

 

Woman Avoiding the Dentist

It’s Never Too Late to Go to the Dentist

Has it been a long time since you’ve been to the dentist? In each dental office I’ve worked, I’ve spoken with a variety of patients about their reasons for avoiding the dentist.

In most cases, whatever the reason was that they stayed away for so long, they told me that their visit went a lot better than they thought it would.  Many people have a fear of the unknown and imagine the worst.

Why People Stay Away from the Dentist

From what I’ve heard, the main reason people stay away from the dentist can be boiled down to one word: fear.  Here are several things people commonly fear:

  • Fear of what the dentist will think of their teeth
  • Fear of being scolded if their teeth are in poor condition
  • Fear of the cost to fix their teeth
  • Fear of the dentist (the person treating them), often based on negative past experiences from their childhood or earlier years

Don’t Worry About What We’ll Think

At Lynchburg Family Dentistry, you never need to be worried about what we will think of your teeth.  I’ve seen people with great teeth, and I’ve seen people with every tooth in their mouth badly decayed or infected.  What’s most important to me is not the current condition of your teeth, but what we can do to improve them to get you smiling confidently again.

We’ll never scold you about your oral health – we’ll simply be glad that you were able to make the difficult decision to come to the dentist.

We Will Take Care of Your Fear of the Unknown

Talk to us about your fears.  If you fear coming to the dental office, give us a call and we can arrange for you to come in and look around to get comfortable.  If you worry about not understanding your dental treatment, we will explain it as thoroughly as we can.  If you are afraid of not knowing what will happen at your appointment, relax — we will explain things until you are comfortable.

Don’t Worry About the Cost

There are often many ways to treat one problem, all with varying costs.  We can go over all of your options to find one that fits within your budget.  We also accept Care Credit, a leading healthcare finance company which allows you to pay for your dental work over a period of six to twelve months interest free!

While dental insurance can make dental care more affordable; but if you don’t have insurance we can help!

For those without dental insurance, we have set up a unique way to help you afford dentistry called Lynchburg Dental Plan.  For one low yearly fee, you get your dental checkups, cleanings, x-rays, and fluoride along with a substantial discount off of our regular fees.  We did this to help make dental care more affordable to residents of the greater Lynchburg area.

We Can Help With Your Fear of the Dentist

While I can’t change the fact that I’m a dentist, we can help you with your fear.  Many people have had bad experiences at the dentist when they were younger.  If that’s the case, talk to me and let me know what I can do to help.

For some patients, they appreciate it if I explain each step of the procedure as we go along.  Others appreciate our extra-strength topical gel that takes away most of the pinch from the needle we use to numb your mouth.  Still others prefer that I prescribe a mild relaxant that they can take before their appointment to put them in a happy dental mood.

Stop Avoiding the Dentist

Like most problems, dental problems usually get bigger the longer you wait to resolve them.

Whatever the reason you are avoiding the dentist, I invite you to come visit us and see how friendly we are.  We really want to make sure you’re comfortable when you come to Lynchburg Family Dentistry.

Why You Should Bring Your Child to the Dentist Early

For many parents of young children, going to the dentist often isn’t at the top of their list of priorities.  Others are unsure of what to expect.

Questions such as the following are very common:

  • What will the dentist do to my baby on the first visit?
  • Will my baby get scared and hate the dentist?
  • Is there even a good reason to take my baby to the dentist?

These are excellent questions.  Hopefully the information below will give you an idea of what to expect at that first visit.

What We Do at a Baby’s First Dental Visit

We provide a dental checkup, where we can check for cavities and monitor the child’s growth and development.  If the child has recently had an injury to his/her mouth, we can answer any questions and concerns and advise you on the best way to handle it.

We clean their teeth.  While some kids will let us brush, others may not.  The important thing is that they’ve gotten the first visit out of the way and they’ll usually be more comfortable the next time they come back since they have seen our office and met us before.

We apply fluoride varnish to help guard against any tooth decay.

We go over any developmental and age-related information.  This can include information on teething, thumb sucking habits, and how to prevent injuries the their mouth.

We will  assess their oral hygiene and give you any tips on how to clean their teeth.  We will give you tips on how you can best take care of your child’s teeth.  As a member of the American Dental Association, We use the American Dental Association’s Caries Risk Assessment Form (dental speak for “How likely are you to get cavities”):

ADA Caries Risk Assessment Form

This tool gives the parent valuable insight into what you’re doing well as far as your child’s oral health and we can go over any areas that need improvement.

The Important Thing Is to Come

Our main objective of a first visit is to introduce your child to the dental environment and allow them to meet us.  Whether your child handles their first visit like a pro or arrives slightly nervous, we are happy to give them a gentle introduction to the world of oral health.

 

 

 

 

Toddler at the Dentist

Age of a Child’s First Dental Visit

Many parents want to know when to first bring their child to the dentist.  I am happy to evaluate anyone’s oral health, …

Woman Avoiding the Dentist

It’s Never Too Late to Go to the Dentist

Has it been a long time since you’ve been to the dentist? In each dental office I’ve worked, I’ve spoken …

Why You Should Bring Your Child to the Dentist Early

For many parents of young children, going to the dentist often isn’t at the top of their list of priorities.  Others …