When my pediatrician first told me that I should take Finn to his first dental visit by the time he was one I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud. It wasn't that I didn't understand the importance of dental health, of course, I just couldn't fathom the idea of Finn sitting still in a dentist chair for any amount of time. The whole scenario made me pretty nervous altogether. But, I put aside my fears and when we visited Dr. Nicole Byrne for the first time I couldn't have been more surprised at how smooth the visit went, and Finn actually turned out to love it! Here at Mamatoga I thought it would be helpful for those new to the idea of bringing squirmy toddlers to the dentist to have a little more information on what to expect at the first visit, and I assure you, at Dr. Nikki's your little one is going to have a great visit, she's amazing and is helped by a great staff that always leave my two little ones smiling! We at "Dr. Nikki's" office were so excited to be invited to write a blog on Mamatoga regarding first dental visits! We always look forward to spreading the word that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend establishing your child's "dental home" by 1 year of age!
The following is a list of the most common questions or concerns we hear from parents:
Why do children need to see a dentist at such an early age?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that dental caries (cavities) is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever in children. More than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. Decay of primary teeth can affect children’s growth, lead to malocclusion, and result in significant pain and potentially life-threatening swelling.
The pediatric dentist is able to prevent many problems before they occur. It provides an opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that meet each child’s unique needs to keep the child free from dental or oral disease and allows the dental team the chance to establish a relationship with your child so you may look forward to enjoyable dental visits in the future.
You don't know my child. He would never sit still for a dental exam!
Pediatric dentists and their staff are trained and experienced in dealing with children of all ages and personalities including children with special health care needs. After completing a four-year dental school program, two to three additional years of rigorous training are required to become a pediatric dentist.
We at Dr. Nikki's office try to make an unfamiliar and sometimes scary first visit as fun and pleasant as possible for both you and your child. We realize each child will react differently to his or her first dental visit and we do our best to let your child be our guide as to the best way to accomplish our goals for each visit.
What should I expect at my child's first dental visit?
For children under 3 years of age: Many of these children have a fear of the unknown and the dentist is no exception. Often times the exam and cleaning is done with the child sitting on the parent’s lap. We praise your child for doing a great job and are pleased to see the smiles on their faces as they head home with a prize from our treasure chest which they will look forward to each time they visit our office.
For children 3 years of age and up:
We take our time getting to know your child and making them feel comfortable. We allow and encourage your child to touch the dental equipment that will be used during their appointment. We use kid friendly terms for our tools and procedures. We also recommend you visit our website – www.byrnekidsdental.com – with your child so they can become familiar with the appearance of our office and our staff. Many parents are surprised at how well their child did at their first dental visit and tell us when they return how excited their child was for their next appointment at Dr. Nikki’s!
From the minute you enter our office you will be greeted with a smile and each staff member will go above and beyond to make your visit an enjoyable one! We have many parents express to us that they wish they too could be patients of Dr. Nikki’s!
So, call today to schedule your child’s first dental visit and make Nicole Byrne, DMD your child’s dental home! Visit their website for more information here!
659 Route 9, Gansevoort