Dentistry for Kids
Kid's teeth need dental care, just like grown-up teeth. Regular exams by Dr. Picone can help to identify any abnormalities in your child's oral development, and can minimize the impact of decay on your child's health by catching cavities early. Coming in for professional cleanings are not just about helping your child have shiny clean teeth, they are also very important in educating your child on proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Preparing for Your Child's First Visit
Your child's first dental visit will consist of a thorough review of your child's dental and health information, as well as a comprehensive dental examination, nutritional advice, and home care instruction.
Depending on the age of your child, we will complete a professional dental cleaning, and take any necessary x-rays. Dr. Picone will take time to discuss any concerns you may have, and prepare you for what you can expect during your child's oral development. If decay is found, the information collected will allow us to prepare a treatment plan if necessary and recommend the best options for your child's dental care.
Please help us make the first visit enjoyable and positive! We encourage parents and caregivers to use positive stories about visiting the dentist, songs, and descriptive words to describe your child's upcoming visit.
Try to avoid using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear. Words like "needle", "shot", "drill", or "hurt" may cause preventable anxiety and make the first dental visit more difficult for your child. We encourage you to stay with your child during the initial examination, and during future visits you can let your child join us on their own, depending on age and comfort.
At Southington Family Dentistry we will work with you to make your child's first dental visit an adventure that sets a positive foundation for the rest of their life. Give us a call at (860) 406-3096 to schedule your child's appointment or ask us your questions.