Our office, as well as 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 one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
You can 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. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
Should your child see a Pediatric Dentistry Specialist or a General/Family Dentist?
In addition to the 4-year DDS program taken by general and family dentists, Pediatric Dentistry Specialists have additional training in the following areas:
- Undergo advanced training of 2 years focused solely on children. Dr. Chowdhury has an additional 3- year Masters Degree in Preventive Dentistry.
- Have comprehensive understanding of children’s physical and emotional development and how it affects behavior.
- Implement behavior management and relaxation techniques that include “Tell-Show-Do”, nitrous-oxide sedation and hospital care under general anesthesia.
- Familiarity with children’s mouth and face that are constantly developing and cognizance that children are not merely “Little Adults” and their needs differ substantially from adults. Helps design treatment plans unique to each child.
- Diagnose childhood diseases that may be first seen in the mouth including genetic disorders, auto-immune diseases, cancers, and infectious diseases.
- Utilize age-appropriate language to explain each step of the procedure and using kid-friendly tools.