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We follow the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which recommends a child’s first dental visit be scheduled when the first tooth comes in and no later than a child’s first birthday. NOVA Children’s Dentistry specializes in infant oral health exams and parent education.
By explaining procedures and demonstrating the equipment in fun and imaginative ways, children learn to be comfortable with our office. Parents are welcome to accompany children into the treatment area for the first visit, which begins with a complete review of your child’s medical and dental history.
We examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums, and evaluate any adverse habits, such as thumb-sucking. Dental x-rays are only taken if necessary, followed by oral hygiene instruction, a cleaning, and fluoride varnish application. If your child is reluctant for the dental cleaning or x-rays, we may recommend postponing that portion of the procedure for a later time, unless there is an urgent need or concern. At the conclusion of the comprehensive examination, any dental findings and treatment will be discussed.
Prepare your child for their first dental experience, in the same manner, you would prepare them for their first day of school. Be positive, supportive and encouraging. Have fun reading books about dentistry with your child and encourage play behaviors that mimic a dental visit with your child being the dentist and you the patients.
Let them know the dentist and assistant will help keep their teeth healthy and how they care about children – use our “gentle dental terminology”
Count Teeth = Examination
Tooth Counter = Dental Explorer Instrument
Pictures of Teeth = X-Rays
Tooth Vitamins = Flouride
Tooth Paint = Sealants
Tooth Polish = Prophylaxis with a rotary toothbrush
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