Children love coming to Dr. Bolt. They enjoy the way he tries to make their visits fun and the way he shows genuine caring.
What Is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist has had two additional years of specialty training. Dr. Bolt is a general dentist, not a specialist. But he loves treating children and has had the training necessary to meet all their basic dental care needs. If any complex problems arise, he will refer you to a specialist. Many families like to all be seen at the same dental office. That way they get to know the dentist better and are more comfortable discussing their children with him.
It is our recommendation that you schedule your child’s first dental around age two, when all their baby teeth are present and hopefully before they need any treatment. Don’t wait until they have a cavity or an emergency. We wait their first visit to be a pleasant experience. All of our staff works hard to make your child’s visit fun and exciting.
Your child’s first pediatric dental visit
Here are some tips to help make your child’s dental visit a fun and pleasant experience:
- Don’t rfefer to dental treatment in a negative way. Sometimes parents tell their children that if they don’t brush their teeth they’ll have to have a painful dental visit. This creates a high level of anxiety in the child when they finally do have to go in for treatment and can create a nearly impossible situation for everyone. It can also help create a lifetime of dental phobia.
- If you are nervous about your child’s first visit and “over prepare” your child, they will tend to pick up on your anxiety and adopt it as their own. What works best is treating the visit as an ordinary experience.
- Bringing your child in before there is a problem will help insure their first visit is for fun, rather than dealing with pain.