Just as pediatricians are specially trained to treat your child’s medical needs, pediatric dentists develop special talents, skills and knowledge that help them more effectively care for the dental needs of infants, children and teenagers.
Pediatric dentists complete a two-year residency program in pediatric dentistry after graduating from dental school. Some pediatric dentists, like Dr. Nichols and Dr. Milot, even complete a rigorous certification process to become board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. All of this extra training can make sure your child receives the quality dental care they deserve, and you expect.
AGE I Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children see a dentist and establish a “Dental Home” by age 1. This means that your child has a place where oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, accessible and family-centered way by a licensed dentist. This relationship gives parents a chance to ask questions and for the dentist and their staff to educate and help prevent any dental problems to give your child the best chance for optimal oral health.
Building a Foundation
Research shows that children who visit the dentist early in life are more likely to return for regular routine exams and cleanings and less likely to return for fillings or extractions. By establishing a great oral health care program for your child, they will have a higher chance of being raised free of cavities and gum disease!
What to expect at First Visit?
At Longmont Pediatric Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of preventative dental care, including early oral health care. Many parents are nervous about this appointment, but it is a very quick and informative visit.
Typically, a lap exam is completed where the infant sits with a parent and their head is laid back on the dentist’s knees.
The dentist does a quick exam to check on development and make sure everything looks healthy.
Most importantly, we are able to talk with you about your child’s diet and habits to help identify anything that will place them at a higher risk for dental problems.
We also discuss tips to make brushing and flossing easier for you and your child.
At Longmont Pediatric Dentistry, you can be confident in the dental office you have chosen for your child! From your first visit, we want you to feel welcomed and well cared for.
Longmont Pediatric Dentistry follows the guidelines of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in regards to dental x-rays and fluoride treatments. We always take into account parental preferences when treating a child, so please let us know if there is ever any treatment you would prefer we do not complete.
Our dentists and staff promote preventative dental care including a healthy diet and great oral hygiene at every visit. Because of this, we love to have parents with their child during their first visit. This gives us the opportunity to educate you as well so you can help reinforce these healthy habits at home.
Preparing for your visit
Completing paperwork prior to arriving to the office can help make sure we are able to start your child’s appointment on time. Please follow the link on this page to complete the paperwork. If your child has any dental benefits or insurance, please complete that information to the best of your ability so we are able to verify their benefits prior to their appointment. It is important to note that many dental insurance companies no longer provide insurance cards for their customers. If you should have any questions in regards to the paperwork or insurance, please contact us at 303-776-1194.
Preparing your child
It is extremely important to talk about dentistry in a positive manner to your child prior to their first appointment to help make it a positive experience. Avoid talking to them about dental problems you have had or negative experiences you have had at the dentist. It is also important to not use the dentist as a punishment. If you always tell your child the dentist will give them a shot if they don’t brush their teeth it makes the dentist something your child will fear.
For younger children, pretending to play dentist at home can be a fun way to prepare them for their first visit. Another great way to prepare children for their first visit is reading books that talk about going to the dentist or fun books that talk about teeth. See some of our favorites in the next tab.
Reading books that talk about going to the dentist or fun books that talk about teeth can be a great way to get your kids excited about the dentist. Some of our favorites are:
- Dr. DeSoto
- Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora)
- The Tooth Book (Dr. Seuss)
- Moose’s Loose Tooth
- Elmo Visits the Dentist
- The Tooth Book (by Edward Miller)
- Pony Brushes His Teeth
- What if You Had Animal Teeth? (great for older kids)
- Have a favorite we don’t know about? Let us know!
We try to use technology in our office as much as possible. This includes digital charts and x-rays as well as the ability to confirm appointments via e-mail or text message. If you do not want to have your family’s appointments confirmed by e-mail or text message, please let our office know.