About Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric dentists provide care for infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs. We continue our education 2-3 years beyond dental school and receive special training so that we may address the needs of the child patient. We sometimes see infants in their first weeks of life to assess such issues as neonatal teeth and tight tongue attachments that affect nursing. We often see a child for their first visit around age 12 months or shortly after the eruption of their first tooth. This visit is primarily to touch base with and educate parents about infant diet and dental hygiene. The first comprehensive visit happens between ages 2 1/2 to 3, and continues with routine cleanings, exams, radiographs, dental restorations, eruptive guidance and any dental trauma management that they may require through the college years.
We are concerned about your child’s total health care. Establishing us as your child’s dental specialist provides us the opportunity to implement healthy dental habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, education, early detection and treatment of dental diseases. We take the time to educate you and your child on the importance of proper dental care, which includes hygiene, preventative treatment, and diet. Studies show that children with poor oral health have decreased school performance, poor social relationships, and less success later in life. We dont’ want that! Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy habits which will last a lifetime.
At Kids to College Pediatric Dentistry we want to build a great relationship with your kiddos! We utilize a tell-show-do technique which involves telling your child what will be done, showing our tools by encouraging him or her to touch, see and feel them prior to use , and then actually performing the treatment. For our younger patients we also use child friendly dental terms such as, sleepy juice (local anesthetic), sugar bugs (cavities), happy air (nitrous oxide) etc. This approach helps to make your child’s experience much more pleasant by helping them to understand the procedure, keeping them involved, and answering any questions they may have along the way.
As children grow up in this practice, our explanations and expectations grow with them. We work our schedule to be available to our college-aged patients during their quick breaks home from school, so that they don’t have to find an interim dentist for their college years. They have an easy answer for their dental needs until they are graduated, functional independent young adults!
It is our mission to provide quality preventative and comprehensive dental care in a safe and comforting environment, creating positive dental experiences and attitudes that will last a lifetime, and which might develop into an honest interest in the profession. Dr. College is looking forward to mentoring patients interested in dentistry from her practice as she was mentored by her pediatric dentist in his practice. We consider it a privilege to watch and participate as kids grow up and mature, and we are happy to keep them with us into their second decade of life.