At Mapleridge Children & Adult Dentistry, our mission is to provide quality dental care for the whole family to patients throughout the Liverpool, NY area. Dr. Saini and our expert staff are proud to help patients of all ages achieve a beautiful, healthy smile, and we have years of experience working with even the youngest patients. We prioritize creating an office environment that’s calm, friendly, and welcoming for kids, helping to ensure that every visit to our office is a pleasant experience. We want to be your partner in your child’s dental health over the long-term – and that starts even before your child’s baby teeth have grown in.
Generally, we ask families to bring their children in for their first dental appointment around their first birthday. This is a great time to start dental care because it lets us examine your child’s dental development and identify any problems that might for down the road, but even more than that, it’s a chance for your child to get to know us and become familiar with the dental office environment. Starting early like this allows us to build a good rapport with your child, setting the stage for fun, successful dental visits down the line. We’ll also give you some great tips and information to help instill healthy oral hygiene habits from a young age, setting the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Many parents think oral hygiene starts once the baby teeth have grown in – but really, oral hygiene should start right from infancy. Even before any teeth start to appear, you should make a habit of gently rubbing your child’s gums after feeding to ensure the area is dry and clean, helping to prevent any nasty bacteria from growing. Doing this will help your child start their life with a healthy mouth.
Even toothbrushing itself starts earlier than most parents believe. As soon as the first tooth has grown in, you can begin brushing your child’s teeth. Start by using a soft-bristled children’s toothbrush and a small smear (less than a pea-sized amount) of children’s toothpaste, gently brushing the tooth to clean it and the surrounding area of food and bacteria. As more teeth grow in, continue brushing them, eventually teaching your child to brush their own teeth confidently. Making a ritual of this brushing habit will help your child develop strong oral hygiene habits that last a lifetime.
We see ourselves as partners in your child’s oral health, and we strive to make your child feel comfortable during every visit. With years of experience working with children under our belt, we have the skills and the know-how to help even the most anxious child feel comfortable at the dentist’s office. We keep plenty of fun toys in our waiting room, and our patients are always excited to get to sit in the big chair for dental care! Even when going to the dentist is just too much for your child, we can offer sedation dentistry to help your child feel comfortable and calm during their appointment.
In addition to what we do in the office, there are things you can do at home to help your child prepare for their dental visit and feel comfortable during the process. When talking about visiting the dentist, try to avoid using any negative terms – even if you’re using them to reassure. For example, try to avoid saying “it won’t hurt” or “there’s nothing to be scared of,” as these terms can implicitly send a message that there actually might be something to fear after all! Instead, lean on positive words and imagery, describing how the dentist’s office is a pleasant, fun environment that will help you child stay healthy and happy.
In addition to this, try to take some time to talk with your child about how they’re feeling before and after the dental visit. Use a calm, reassuring tone, and reassure your child that the dentist is here to help them smile better – and what could be more fun than that!
Dental care is a lifelong process, and by working together, we can help your child achieve a lifetime of truly healthy, beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about your child’s dental treatment or care, Dr. Saini and the team are always happy to help. Give us a call at 315.453.2084 and we’ll be happy to discuss your child’s dental health, the pediatric dental care process, and other steps you can take at home to promote a healthy smile. If you’re ready to bring your child in for their first visit, you can request an appointment using our easy online form. We can’t wait to hear from you!