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When your child’s earliest encounter with their St. Charles pediatric dentist is a positive one, they’ll be far less likely to experience dental phobia or anxiety in the future. Here at DPD Smiles – Pediatrics & Orthodontics we call our little ones DPD Rockstars because that’s exactly what they are. We can’t wait to care for your child and have them join the crew!
By the First Tooth or One Year Old
Pediatricians and pediatric dentists recommend that children should see a dentist for the first time when their first tooth comes in, or by their first birthday. From there, routine six-month checkups are recommended.
We work closely with parents and caregivers to promote good oral hygiene, healthy dietary habits, and intercept dental concerns while they’re smaller and easier to correct. During these earliest visits, we’ll work at your child’s pace to ensure that their appointment is a pleasant one.
Ensuring Your Child's Comfort
Our friendly staff will maintain an upbeat environment for your child, to ensure a stress-free experience for your entire family. Depending on the age of your child during their first visit, they may need to sit on your lap or can hop up in the dental chair on their own.
As we routinely assess your child’s oral development, we’ll pinpoint growth or dental concerns that could lead to complications later on. This includes screening for habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or tongue ties. Early intervention allows for a gentler care experience overall.
What if My Child Needs Treatment?
We have on-staff specialists including oral surgery and anesthesiologists to ensure efficient, safe, comfortable treatment at all times. Whether your child needs a small filling or requires pediatric sedation for extensive rehabilitation, you’ll have the peace of mind that you need when you partner with our experts. Early intervention and preventative therapies can help your child significantly reduce their risk of premature tooth loss and dental emergencies.
If your child’s first appointment is related to a dental emergency, our top priority is to alleviate their discomfort. We’ll work to get them out of pain and then determine the next best steps to take.
First Appointments for Older Children
If your child has never been to the dentist before, we’ll work at their pace and explain things as we go. As long as they’re comfortable, we’ll complete a full exam, cleaning, and any required X-rays. We’ll also assess their oral development and bite alignment to screen for preventable orthodontic concerns before they have a chance to become more complex.
We’re here to meet you where you’re at. Ideally, we like to see children as soon as their first tooth comes in, but if for some reason there’s been a delay in care, we can help get things back on track.
Have Questions? We’re Happy to Help!
Our dental specialists make it simple for your family to access comprehensive children’s dentistry in St. Charles, IL under one roof. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!