White Bear Smiles is a family dental practice, and that means we provide care for the entire family – including the youngest members!
We are happy to provide high-quality care to children, starting from about the toddler years. Why the toddler years? This is about the point where children start expressing their curiosity and have the ability to listen and follow directions (for the most part!). They will also have most of their baby teeth in at this point.
In these early visits, our goal is to help your child become acclimated to the dentist’s office and understand that it’s an interesting and fun place to be. By scheduling early dental visits, you can actually help your child avoid developing a fear of the dentist and give them an excellent head start on developing good health habits.
Your Child’s First Visit
At your child’s first visit, we’ll take the time to introduce him or her to the practice and our friendly team. Kids have an innate curiosity about new environments, and we’ll use this natural curiosity by allowing them to explore (within reason, of course!) and ask questions.
We’ll take a quick tour of the office, introduce them to members of the team who will work with them, and then go for a ride in the dentist’s chair. This visit will really be more of a “look-see” visit; we aren’t going to try to do a cleaning at this point. Our goal is to build trust. If your child lets us, we’ll take a quick peek in his or her mouth and just make sure everything looks healthy.
We’ll discuss issues with you that relate to your child’s oral health and answer any questions or concerns you might have. Some of the topics we tend to talk about at these early visits include:
- Bottle, sippy cup, and pacifier use
- Developing brushing and flossing habits
- Good nutrition habits
- Fluoride and drinking water
- What to expect as your child’s teeth develop
Special Pediatric Concerns
While most kids do just fine waiting until the ages of two or three to see a dentist, some kids do begin developing dental problems at an early age. If you have a concern, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We may ask you to bring your child in so we can take a look and see what’s going on or, if needed, we can refer you to a pediatric dental specialist who has additional training in providing specialized dental care to young children.
Most children do just fine visiting a family dental office like White Bear Smiles, Dr. Anderson has years of experience providing high quality dental care to patients of all ages. Our comfortable, welcoming environment will help you get your child off to a great start, and you’ll love the convenience of having your entire family seen in the same location!
Call for an Appointment
Would you like to schedule your child’s first appointment? Are you looking for a new dentist for the entire family? We are here for you! Give us a call and we’ll get you started!