Until a child is preschool age, we don’t expect them to want to get into a dental chair on their own and fully cooperate. We will likely perform a lap-to-lap or knee-to-knee examination with the parent or caregiver’s help. We will do this in one of our consultation rooms specially designed for this age group. It is not abnormal for a child this age to cry for many things they don’t want to do such as: diaper changes, hair combing, and teeth brushing. Therefore, it is very possible they will cry when we brush and look at their teeth and gums.
You, the caregiver, play a very important role in your child’s dental visits. It is important for parents and caregivers to play a positive role and refer to the dentist and team as friendly and helpful. May we offer some suggestions to make your child’s visit(s) a pleasant one?
If your child has been seen by another dentist, their first visit to our office will involve an exam by one of our pediatric dentists, a treatment plan, and a chance to get acquainted. If your child’s initial visit was unpleasant, please help by telling your child that we only see children, and this is a special office designed for them.