To be a certified pediatric dentist requires an additional two to three years of training beyond attaining a dental degree. Although our dentists are not pediatric dentists, we are licensed general dentists who love kids. Dr. Roper and Dr. McLaws both have kiddos of their own and we know how to take care of them. We’ll see all kids!
We have found that families like the convenience and trust that comes from going to the same dentist. Parents often feel more at ease talking to their dentist about any pediatric dental issues their children may be experiencing. We have an open door policy, where parents are always welcome in the exam room with their kids.
For kids, it is important to start cleaning teeth as soon as they erupt in the mouth. As a parent, it is important to lay the foundation for a good dental routine at home at an early age.
When to Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Appointment
We like to start seeing children as early as one year old. We highly recommend bringing them in for a visit at two years of age, and at least no later than three. A check-up during this formative time is important since cavities can start to be an issue. We encourage you to be proactive in bringing them into the office before they experience any kind of dental discomfort or pain. This way, we are setting the tone for long-term, positive dental care and habits. Unfortunately, many adults have had traumatic memories of going to the dentist as a kid. We do our best to create a fun and pleasant experience for everyone.
Going to Your Gilbert Pediatric Dentist Can Be Fun
We call your child’s first trip to the dentist their happy visit. We will count their teeth and if they are cooperative, we will polish their teeth. They get to go on a "ride" in the chair and even watch a movie while we look at their teeth. At the end of the appointment, they get to pick a toy from our treasure chest. Our main goal in this first visit is for them to feel comfortable and happy. Do your best not to over prepare your child for their first trip to the dentist. Often times this creates unnecessary worry. The more relaxed you are when preparing for the dentist, kids often follow suit.
Do you need a pediatric dentist? Give us a call today. And if you have any children-related dentistry questions or need some dental tips, feel free to call. We look forward to meeting your family.