Pediatric Dentistry: An Overview
For our youngest patients, we happily provide pediatric dentistry services. If you are looking for a compassionate dentist in Columbia, Maryland, know that our office is here to help patients of all ages. We strive to provide a comfortable and friendly environment that makes a great first impression on your child to encourage lifelong dental health. Most adult patients avoid visiting the dentist later in life due to a negative experience in the dental chair from when they were younger. You can rely on the friendly dental staff at Columbia Family Dentist to build trust with your child, and teach them good dental hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.
Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment
We recommend scheduling your child’s first dentist appointment as soon as they get their first tooth, and at the latest by their first birthday. For your child’s first dentist appointment, we recommend speaking positively about the trip at home leading up to the appointment. Avoid any warnings of loud sounds or dental pain as this will only scare them and make it harder for us to build trust. When your child comes to visit us, it is best that the parents have encouraged an open mind toward the appointment.
At your child’s first dentist appointment, our friendly Columbia dentists will examine your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw bone. We will look for signs of common early dental concerns, including:
- Teeth grinding
- Thumb sucking
- Dental hygiene issues
- Orthodontic issues
Afterward, we will provide a standard general dentistry teeth cleaning, getting them used to our standard procedures and equipment. We thoroughly explain our actions to your child so that they feel well-formed on what it means to go to the dentist. This will help them prepare for future appointments, as they will feel confident in knowing what to expect. If further treatment is needed, our dentists will speak with the parents and determine the best course of action.
Pediatric Dentistry in Columbia, MD
We look forward to meeting you and your child in our Columbia dentist office. Our team will greet you with a smile and answer all of your questions before, during, and after the appointment. Schedule an appointment online today or call our office beforehand with any questions at 410-670-8211.