Dr. Bradley, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by the time they get their first tooth or by one year of age, whichever comes first. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
The first dental visit is primarily for Dr. Bradley to rule out any early caries concerns and discuss an oral health and dietary routine with parents. Typically during these first dental visits children will sit on the parents lap to ease any apprehension.
We invite parents and caregivers to accompany their child to the treatment area. Our goal is to not only develop a relationship with our patients, but also with parents. During the exam, Dr. Bradley will explain findings and treatment options and answer any questions or concerns regarding your child’s oral health.
You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
At Spokane Pediatric Dentistry, we also offer children who are a little more hesitant about their first dental visit the opportunity to come into our office and do a “test run” at no cost. Dr. Bradley is more than happy to meet your child, introduce them to our staff, let them sit in the dental chair and will explain some of the dental tools used during routine checkups. This pre-visit experience can help settle any nervousness in your child and set them up for a successful visit when they do return for their first checkup.
It’s our goal to make each and every dental visit a fun one for both children and their families!
Patients that complete their dental visit with no cavities can have their photo taken and placed on our Cavity Free Tree. Each month, we select a winner at random to receive a gift card. The winner will also have their photo included on our Cavity Free Tree. Even more incentive to keep those pearly whites sparkling!