All of us have heard about or experienced in-person the day that small children are sitting in professional stylists’ chairs awaiting their first haircut. Some of the kids are fine with it, while others are apprehensive. The same holds true for a child’s initial visit to a dentist.
It’s natural for children to feel some trepidation about their first dental visit. The pedodontists at the office of Suzanne Clift, DDS totally understand and appreciate that children may experience pre-treatment stress. Our dentists and the rest of our staff offer them gentle understanding and patience. Our soothing manner helps assuage their concerns so they can develop a positive attitude about getting dental care.
We encourage our patients not to be shy about discussing their feelings with us. We listen to what they have to say so they know that their emotions have been acknowledged.
Many dental professionals advise that children’s first appointments should take place shortly after they’ve reached age 1, which is when some of their baby teeth have erupted. And by all means, all children should have already seen a dentist by the time they’ve reached 2-and-a-half. After that, it’s important that they keep up with regular checkups.
Children who start seeing a pedodontist as toddlers is a great investment in their future in that they will see dental visits in a positive light for the rest of their lives. They’ll also understand at an early age about the importance of good oral health, thus not developing dental care avoidance, which can easily bring on the need for serious treatments.
The staff at the office of Suzanne Clift, DDS are committed to treating our patients with empathy, patience and a wide spectrum of proficiency and expertise. We pride ourselves on our never-ending ability to fulfill our mission to provide superior patient care. Please contact us today to schedule your child’s appointment!
By Suzanne Clift, DDS
February 25, 2021