Doctor Todd Resek on a child's first dental visit at Oakmont Advanced Dentistry Read Transcript
Parents bring their children in for the first visit, I get questions all the time. “When should I bring my kids in?” I'm in my 25th year as a dentist, and I would say 25 years ago we brought kids in when they were five years old. And tried to get a set of X-rays. Sometimes we succeeded, sometimes we failed. Kids had some cavities. And if we had to drill, that's how bad experiences are started. Now we like to see kids at about the age of three. We like to bring them in when their parents are being cleaned, and sit on their parent's lap. And maybe get an exam, just sort of interact a little bit with the dentists here. And just create a fantastic first experience. Low risk of having any cavities, rapport building, and clean their teeth if we can. If we can't, we're not going to force anything. Catch up with X-rays a year or a couple of years later. But most importantly, we want a great first experience. That makes all the subsequent ones easy.
At Oakmont Advanced Dentistry, we take special care with our youngest patients because we know that positive early experiences at the dentist are the key to shaping lifelong attitudes toward dental care. Our dentists are happy to see patients as young as age 3. Schedule your child’s first dental visit in Oakmont to put them on the path to outstanding dental health! When you visit us, we will:
- Put both you and your child at ease
- Gently introduce them to oral hygiene practices like dental cleanings
- Answer all your questions about your child’s care
To make an appointment for your little one, call 412-828-3311.
We Take Extra Care With Your Child
Many members of our team, including Dr. Todd Resek, are parents. They also have spent years working with patients of all ages. So they know how to make kids feel safe and welcome. Your child can sit on your lap for added comfort if you’d like. We’ll keep both you and your kiddo happy as we ensure your child’s dental development is on track.
Our caring staff will use little if any pressure at first for treatments like dental cleanings, so your child can get used to the process. It’s important to encourage good oral hygiene habits because baby teeth are more porous and prone to decay than adult teeth.
To end on a positive note, your child will get stickers and can select a small prize from our treasure chest when their visit is over.
Schedule Your Child’s Visit at a Convenient Time
It’s a good idea to schedule your child’s dental visits at a time when they are normally well-rested and happy. We make that easy with our extended hours. You can book appointments as early as 8 a.m. on Fridays, and we’re open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Here are some other tips for a good visit:
- Write down any questions in advance so you don’t forget to ask them.
- Bring along a spouse, friend, or family member if possible so you can concentrate on what our dentists are saying.