When does my child need to start going to the dentist?

Most children get their first tooth around six months of age. We suggest that parents bring in small children for a quick dental exam and cleaning by age 1 or within 6 months of the first tooth appearing. This helps them get used to seeing the dentist and normalize the experience as they age.

How should I prepare them for their visit?

Our children feed off of us. If they see us feeling calm, then they know all is fine. When they see us upset, they will think something is wrong. Always talk positively about their visit with Dr. Dede Orraca-Tetteh.

Before their first appointment, it is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

Below are words you SHOULD use to explain an upcoming treatment to the dentist:

DO NOT SAY “needle” instead DO SAY “sleepy juice”

DO NOT SAY “shot” instead DO SAY “sleepy juice”

DO NOT SAY “drill” instead DO SAY “fire hydrant”

DO NOT SAY “hurt” instead DO SAY “tickle, pinch, or finger nail pinch”

DO NOT SAY “pull” instead DO SAY “wiggle”

ALL “cavities” are “sugar bugs” and please DO NOT use going to the dentist as a form of punishment. An overwhelming majority of children who visit our practice have a wonderful experience and we work hard to keep it that way.

Will I be able to remain in the room during the visit?

We gladly invite you to stay with your child during their first visit. During future appointments, we suggest you let your child accompany our staff through the dental experience. Typically, we can establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome their hesitation or fears. If you choose, you are welcome to come with your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

Visit this website for helpful tips on your child’s oral healthcare and diet to ensure a lifelong healthy mouth! http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/

Please contact Lakeside Village Dental at info@lakesidevillagedental.com or 443-712-7200 to begin your child’s dental care in Owings Mills, Maryland.