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At Smiles In Motion, we understand that children are not just small adults and that each child is unique.
Our goals are to help your child feel good about visiting a children's dentist, to establish trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime, and to educate you and your child while helping him/ her gain a future of confident smiles with fewer cavities and healthy teeth and gums. We use child-friendly words to describe everything we do and we use encouragement and positive reinforcement to help children trust us and gain confidence in themselves. We interact with our patients because we want them to know that yes we care about their teeth, but we also care about them as a person. It is also important to remember that each child is an individual and his or her behavior is not always predictable.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages the first dental visit by one year of age. Prevention of early cavities is the goal. To accomplish this, parents need to understand their child’ risk for developing cavities.
Infants to Toddlers
Until a child is preschool age, we don’t expect them to want to get into a dental chair on their own and cooperate. Our pediatric dentists will likely perform a lap to lap or knee to knee examination with the parent or caregivers help, in our consult rooms designed for this age group in mind.
Preschool to Teen
We want to gain your confidence and trust, so you are welcome to accompany your child back for their first visit with their dentist. Most children do best on their own, if you feel your child will do better without you present, you are still encouraged to take a tour of our office!