Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry
It is our recommendation, as well as that of the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) that you establish an effective routine in your child's oral care as early as one years old. Establishing a relationship with a trusted dental caregiver is just as important. We provide pediatric dentistry starting at 6 years of age.

You can help in making your child's first visit to the dentist an enjoyable one. Explain to your child what the visit is for and that the dentist and staff will answer any questions and make every effort to make it a fun experience. Here are a few tips to alleviate any fears your child may have:

  • Avoid the use of words like “hurt,” “shot” and “painful”.
  • Don’t tell your child about an unpleasant dental experience you had.
  • Explain the benefits of the dental visit in simple terms. Tell your child how visiting the dentist will help her keep her teeth strong and how a dentist is a friendly doctor whose job is to help her do this.
  • Consider a pretend visit. Hold up a mirror and show your child how the dentist will look at and check her teeth and let her use a toothbrush to clean a stuffed animal or doll’s teeth.
  • Use positive reinforcement and reward your child’s good trip to the dentist with a trip to the zoo or another favorite spot.

Children should visit a pediatric dentist every six months. We will examine your child’s teeth for signs of decay and discuss your child’s nutrition and oral hygiene habits. Regular dental exams are vital to  maintain  good oral health.

Contact us today at 414-489-7648 to make an appointment or to find out more information about any of our pediatric services!

Examinations & Cleanings
During examinations, we will examine your child’s teeth, gums, jaws, and bite. If we decided that a cleaning is necessary, we will remove any plaque or tartar. This is necessary to remove food deposits and bacteria that can lead to decay. Cavities can be painful, can require fillings, and can even lead to tooth loss. We will also demonstrate for your child the proper way to brush and floss and give you suggestions on how to make at-home oral care easier and fun for your child. For example, you can buy your child a toothbrush with a favorite color or cartoon character, toothpaste with a flavor your child likes, and a mouth rinse that shows places your child missed when brushing.

You can prepare your child for a visit to our offices, and a first cleaning by talking about it in advance. Tell your child why it is important to keep teeth clean and healthy and that the dentist wants to help. Read a book about your child’s favorite character taking a trip to the dentist. Tell your child that he or she will be able to pick out a new toothbrush at the dentist’s office. Talk in a soothing and reassuring voice. If you are afraid of the dentist, don’t let it show. You don’t want to project your fears onto your child. Try to make visiting the dentist as positive an experience as possible.

We understand that your child's comfort is very important to you. During his/her initial examination, you are free to stay with your child throughout the process. During future appointments, our suggestion is that you allow your child to accompany our staff through their procedure. In most cases, it helps to establish a rapport with your child when you are not present. This way, we can gain your child's trust and help to keep them from feeling anxious. Although, if you choose, you are more than welcome to stay with your child during their dental experience.

For safety and privacy purposes, other children who are not being treated are asked to remain in the waiting room with a supervising adult.

Contact us today at 414-489-7648 to make an appointment or to find out more information about any of our pediatric services!

Maintaining Good Oral Health - Start Early!
Parents need to help young children take care of their teeth. If you have a toddler, wipe his or her teeth and gums with a damp cloth daily. If your child is 2 or older, brush with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Be sure that your child spits it out. Kids can start to brush their own teeth, with supervision, around the age of 6. Limit your child’s consumption of sugary foods and beverages, and never give your child a bottle of milk, juice, or another sweet liquid at bedtime because that can lead to tooth decay.

Contact us today at 414-489-7648 to make an appointment or to find out more information about any of our pediatric services!