Learn the ways in which we care for your children and
strive to make their dental experience awesome!
Make it a Happy Visit
Family is a core value of our practice and children make up a huge part of that.
As patients of Sunset Ridge Dental, we care to know you, we want to know your children and what they love. We take the time to develop those relationships, foster positive dental experiences and educate them on how to care for their teeth.
We have a special visit tailored just for kids. Our “Happy Visit” is for those children who are visiting us for the first time.
Our Happy Visits are complementary and approximately 15 minutes in length. This is a fun and informal visit with the primary goal of getting your child comfortable at the clinic. It gives them a chance to meet us, have a ‘ride’ in the dental chair and learn about the dental instruments. We check their teeth to ensure everything is developing properly and talk about what they can expect during a visit to the dentist.
Building Confidence, Building Trust
We understand the thought of coming to the dentist can be daunting. We want to ease those nerves as much as we can by fostering confidence and developing trust. Here are some of the ways we strive to do this:
Helping each child know that he/she is in control.
We want to ensure the children in our dental chair know they are the “boss”. Helping them feel this builds confidence. They have a voice and here, that voice is heard.
We make it fun.
Our staff LOVE kids. Most of us have kids of our own, we know how special they are and we understand how daunting the experience can be for some. After each visit they get to choose a special toy for a job ‘well done’.
We also have a Cavity Free Club at the clinic for those children who achieve a cavity free visit. They sign their name on our club board and are entered for a chance to win our monthly prize draw.
We believe in educating kids.
Teaching them about the dental instruments we use and why we use them can help kids feel a lot more comfortable with what’s in and out of their mouths!
We build trust.
We truly do care to know your children. What they love, how their day is going, and the things that make them laugh. We focus on building relationships with them from a young age.
We offer Nitrous Oxide.
An inhalation sedation option known more commonly as “laughing gas”, can be given to help relax and ease dental anxieties. Your child is monitored and fully in control during his/her treatment. This simply helps to ease their tension.
When should I book my child's first dental visit?
We recommend booking your child in for his/her first appointment as their first teeth begin to emerge.
During this visit you can expect:
- A fun and efficient examination of your child’s mouth, teeth and gums.
- Discussing any oral habits, including thumb sucking and pacifier use
- Educating your child about caring for his/her teeth and gums.
- Scheduling regular dental visits.
- X-rays to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth, under the gums.
- A thorough cleaning of your child’s teeth and topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home.
How can I prepare my child for his/her first visit?
Here are some ‘tips’ for preparing your child for a dental visit:
- Book your child for a “happy visit” at the clinic.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Make dental crafts and teach them about teeth
- Role play
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
Why is it important to care for my child’s baby teeth if they are just going to fall out anyway?
Even though in most cases the baby teeth will all fall out to be replaced by permanent ones, it is important to care for them. Baby teeth hold space for permanent ones and are important for chewing, biting, speech development and appearance.
Tips for cavity prevention
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Limit juice and sugary drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
How can I care for my child’s teeth?
Caring for your child’s teeth from birth establishes a good oral routine they are comfortable with by the time they are ready to brush their own teeth. Here are some of our recommendations in caring for your child’s oral health:
As with your own, your child’s teeth need to be cleaned twice a day for two minutes. Brushing as soon as the teeth emerge is crucial. Starting before, by gently brushing their gums with a warm washcloth or baby gum brush can help get your child into the routine of daily brushing. Electronic toothbrushes can offer that extra help in brushing. Ask us about the Sonicare Kids Toothbrushes we sell at the clinic.
Amount of Toothpaste
Your child does not need a lot of toothpaste to ensure proper oral health.
Ages 0-3- only a rice grain size of toothpaste is needed.
Ages 3-12- only a pea size amount of toothpaste is needed.
Flossing twice a day ensures proper removal of bacteria.
We recommend your child visit the dentist annually for cleanings and a check up. If your child is suffering in pain from a cavity, early detection and treatment is key to keep it from worsening.
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Get professional dental care from kind people, in a comfortable setting.
With open arms, and an open chair, we would love to have you.