Dr. Lutz, Dr. DeVore & Dr. DiDonato see children.
First Dental Visit
Many children visit their dentist for the first time between the ages of one and three. We treat this the first dental visit as you would a well-baby checkup with the child's physician. At this visit, they will see the dentist and primarily start to become comfortable coming to our office and with our staff. The doctor will be depending on the child's comfort level, perform an initial oral exam. The dentist will answer any questions you may have regarding fluoride, teething, pacifier, thumb sucking and injury prevention.
At the initial visit, the dentist will recommend when your child should be seen again. Future visits will be with a hygienist though the doctor will come in and perform an exam and answer any questions. We work very hard to ensure your child sees the same hygienist and that their experience at our office is a positive one.
How often should a child see a dentist? Children's needs differ, and your dentist is best able to suggest a schedule of visits for your child. The frequency of dental visits will partly depend on your child's eating habits; how clean the teeth are kept; past treatment needs; whether your child drinks fluoridated water; and other factors that can affect your child's susceptibility to dental diseases.
Dental visits, such as regular cleanings, fluoride treatments and the application of sealants that prevent tooth decay, can save money and reduce the need for further dental treatment.
Dental sealants are the most common procedure that child may have done at our office. Sealing a tooth is fast and there is virtually no discomfort. The dentist conditions the chewing surfaces to help the sealant adhere to the tooth and then applies the sealant to the tooth enamel. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Dr. DiDonato is now offering Nitrous Oxide Sedation for adults and children. This is a fast, easy and safe way of having necessary dental work done without the fear and anxiety that may come along with seeing the dentist.