But cavities aren’t all that there is for parents to know about when it comes to their toddler’s oral health. Our Baby Oral Health Program (bOHP) for toddlers involves education and guideline drive care:
Visit our Facebook page for links to Videos to watch and a list of Dr J’s favorite books to get your child in the positive mental state that would allow us to make their first dental visit a fantastic one.
Selection of words can be a big part of this when you’re speaking to your child. For example, instead of saying “The dentist will not hurt you”, try “The dentist will be very gentle”. Don't insist on “no need to be afraid”, rather say “you’ll have lots of fun”. When you are describing treatment, please avoid using the words needle, drill, grind, shot, pull, pain or any other words suggesting unpleasantness.
In fact, we recommend you just enjoy a Facebook tour of our office, view videos, and read a book or two, and leave all other “explaining” of what the child should expect for our very experienced team to explain to your child upon arrival.
The initial exam will take approximately one hour. We encourage the presence and participation of our parents during the entirety of this visit (in most cases). At the beginning of the visit, the staff will want to know any and all your specific concerns and will review the health history form with you. Your child will be introduced to our pediatric dental team, allowed time to see the office, and become comfortable before the examination. Depending on your child's need, diagnostic radiographs may be taken to determine your child’s present dental condition.
We have an amazing program called Toddler Time for our first time patients who are 3 and under. Those kids who are older will be evaluated, if no treatment is needed, the teeth will be cleaned and a professional fluoride solution will be applied. The doctor will complete the examination by evaluating the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and perform a head and neck examination. If needed, additional services will be scheduled for a later visit. At that time, any existing dental problems and proposed treatment will be discussed and oral hygiene instructions will be provided along with suggestions to help care for your child’s teeth.
Our doctors are an awesome leadership team. Our whole staff is dedicated to the care of your child/children and provide that excellent care by getting to know every single parent and child. We invite all our patients to become part of our Scripps Pediatric Dentistry family. We feel it’s important that every child is able to develop a relationship with either of our doctors. Being able to have that level of trust and familiarity with both doctors ensures a successful and smooth appointment. Should one of the doctors be out of the office or an emergency comes up that would require your child to be seen after hours.
Our office policy is to schedule your appointments by your unique need and procedure, not by doctor. When your child comes for their 6 month cleaning and wellchild appointment, we will schedule you with the first available doctor. We do try to accommodate your family by seeing siblings at the same time. We appreciate your understanding and support with our scheduling policies.
Being able to have both doctors in our office gives us the opportunity to be able to offer more availability in scheduling appointments for your child/children. We sincerely hope you will give us your support in upholding this course of action as we continue to expand and grow.