About Our Dental Practice
Li’l Teeth Dentistry is “The Dinosaur Dentist”
Our child-centered dental practice is designed with fun and comfort in mind. We strive to make every visit to the dentist an enjoyable one for both children and their parents. We treat each patient as an individual, and we take time to get to know you as a person. Our goal is to achieve optimal oral health while establishing a lifelong relationship of trust and confidence with you and your child.
When we designed the practice, we wanted to create a unique environment that would make our patients feel as if they weren’t at the dentist. Our office has the aura of Jurassic Park complete with stone gates and rock finishes. The floor is imprinted with T.Rex and raptor footprints. Your child even gets to have digital x-rays taken inside of a giant, partially excavated dinosaur egg! The walls of Li’l Teeth are adorned with accurate portrayals of dinosaurs and prehistoric landscapes. When kids leave our office, we want them to talk about the cool dinosaur or fossil on the walls. We are affectionately known by many children as the “Dinosaur Dentist”.
Child’s First Visit
The first dental visit lays the groundwork for a positive experience and growing relationship between our caring dental staff and your child. We take care to help your child feel comfortable in our office environment by beginning each new patient appointment with a full tour of our office.
At the new patient appointment the dentist and staff will spend quality time getting to know you and your child. We teach your child to be comfortable with dentistry by explaining the procedures and demonstrating the equipment in a fun and imaginative way. The office visit will include a thorough oral examination, x-rays if required, a cleaning and fluoride application.
Even though your child may not have all of his/her primary (baby) teeth in at this time, it is important for the dentist to examine your child’s mouth to make sure that no problems exist or will be encountered. The first visit is also aimed at educating parents and providing anticipatory guidance for the prevention of dental disease.
A complete review of your child’s medical health and any special needs or concerns will be addressed. More complicated procedures, such as fillings, may be done at a later visit after your child has become familiar with the office.
Your child will also receive a prize, toothbrush and floss, as well as an oral hygiene demonstration. You will receive a summary of your child’s oral health and future dental needs. We look forward to your visit and hope you and your child will have the dental experience of a lifetime.
Many parents want to know when their child’s first appointment should be scheduled. The American Academy of Children’s Dentistry recommends that in order to maintain good oral health and prevent future dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday. It is very important to maintain the health of baby (or primary) teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. We happily offer infant oral health exams and parent education. Baby teeth are needed for proper chewing, speech development, developing jaw bones and muscles, and reinforce a positive self-image. Healthy baby teeth mean a better chance for healthy adult teeth.
Our office places great emphasis on preventive measures. Cavities in baby or adult teeth may result in pain, swelling, and infection. Children with pain cannot concentrate in the classroom, may develop behavioral problems and are unable to eat properly. Without the ability to eat normally, development of the body and brain may suffer. Regular preventive visits every six months will minimize cavities and other dental problems.
We offer a fun, gentle, and caring atmosphere to ensure good oral health for your child. Our number one priority is our patient’s well-being. We implement all the tools available to make sure your child has a comfortable experience during his/her dental visit.
How Parents Can Help
Before the first visit to our office, we encourage parents to talk with their child about the positive aspects of dentistry. Let them know our office encourages parents to stay with their child every step of the way. Parental involvement is very important and you can help your child feel comfortable by expressing good feelings about dental visits as a necessary part of staying healthy. By using phrases like “gentle and careful” instead of “it won’t hurt you” when describing their exam, your child will be more relaxed. Let them know that our staff loves working with children. Have fun reading books about dentistry with your child and encourage play behaviors that mimic a dental visit with your child being the dentist and then the patient. Expect your child to react well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are that we will be able to help him or her to do exactly that.