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What Happens At Your Child’s First Dental Appointment?

Parents are constantly reminded with the need to take their child to their family dentist at an early age. After all, early dental care helps promote a healthy mouth that lasts well into adulthood. But many parents wonder why they need to take their child to the dentist, especially if they’re not having any problems. So what actually happens at these first appointments?

You and your child get important information about promoting a healthy mouth.

Proper oral hygiene and nutritional choices can prevent your child from developing tooth decay and gum disease. This makes preventive visits like cleanings and exams comfortable, simple, and as enjoyable as possible. They’ll also help prevent severe complications that could lead to expensive and invasive dental care years later.

Your dentist can screen for risks or factors that may cause problems later on.

It’s best to catch dental needs in their earliest stages, preserving healthy tooth structure as well as making care more affordable. A small demineralized area could just be bonded or sealed, but if left alone it could become an abscessed tooth a year later. Biannual dental exams make treatment needs less invasive when something is actually found.

Your child will get to experience a positive environment that helps them appreciate dental care later on.

Many people wait until their child is in pain before they take them to the dentist. Rather than being a preventive health provider, this makes the dentist strictly a treatment provider – and one that is associated with pain. The child’s severe toothache may require anesthesia and loud noises that don’t set well for a first appointment.

Has your child had their first visit? It’s not too late – call your dentist today and schedule a new patient appointment today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



Family Block Appointments

In today’s world, children and adult alike are busy with so many activities including school, sports, dance classes, grocery shopping, commuting and of course work.  Life is so busy that most families use a calendar in the kitchen to track the activities in order to keep them straight.  Scheduling things such as routine dentist visits for parents and children alike can become extremely difficult and in many cases result in multiple trips to the dentist office to get everyone in the family seen.  Now families have the opportunity to schedule dental visits using family block appointments.

Family block appointments allow the entire patient’s family to be seen in one visit.  The family dental office dedicates a certain amount of time several times a week for the dental professionals, including the dental hygienist(s) and dentist(s) to see families.  Depending upon the size of the family and the size of the dentist’s office, this is accomplished in one of two ways.  In the first way, the members of the family are all seen at the same time by the dental staff, which allows the entire family to get in and out quickly.  If the family is too large or the dental practice is small, members of the family are seen in back to back appointments, which allows everyone to be seen on the same day and generally at the same time.

Family block appointments allow adults, as well as their children, to easily schedule routine dentist visits.  This eliminates needless individual trips to the dentist and frees up some space on your calendar for some other activity!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park


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