At Abington Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, we understand there is no “one size fits all” approach to treating patients. Each child’s first visit will vary based on the child’s age and dental experience.
We begin seeing children at age one, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP). A child’s visit at age one is a different visit than our older patients and is more of a “well visit” similar to a pediatrician’s visit. At this appointment, we will examine your child’s mouth and teeth to check for development of teeth and early signs of decay (yes, it can happen this early!), discuss diet, oral hygiene, and we may apply a fluoride varnish.
After the one-year visit, we typically see our patients twice a year for a cleaning and exam visit. If this visit is your child’s first visit to the dentist, we will introduce your child to the tools we use and take them step-by-step through their visit. We understand that this visit may be a source of anxiety for some children. We pride ourselves in our child-centered approach and will work with each child as an individual.
We find that some vocabulary typically associated with a visit to the dentist may be a source of anxiety. With that in mind, there are a few words that we try to keep out of the office. These words include the words hurt, shot, needle, and drill. By using positive, child-centered vocabulary, children will have a more positive outlook on their dental experience.