Your child’s first visit should be at 1 year of age, or when his or her first teeth erupt. Dr. Feldman will check the head, neck, gums, and teeth to make sure your child is developing normally and that everything is healthy.
Bringing your child to the dentist at an early age has great advantages in helping them become more comfortable with the environment. It also helps in recognizing a cavity in its earliest stage. If you only bring your child in for dental emergencies, the dentist can become a scary place for him or her. By bringing your child in as early as one year of age, and continually every 6 months, he or she will have “easier” visits. This will help to relax your child and make the experience more enjoyable.
Dr. Feldman realizes that parents know their children best. She will work with you to specialize your child’s dental experience. She also knows that sometimes parents may inadvertently reflect their own dental fears upon their child, or “scare” them to behave by using the dentist as someone who will cause them pain. She recommends that you try to refrain from this. To make your child’s experience better, there are a few key phrases that should NOT be used when describing the dentist, such as:
- Never associate the dentist with pain.
- Do not use words such as “pain”, “hurt”, “drill”, “needle”, or “pulling teeth”, as these words can trigger anxiety or fear.
- Always use positive reinforcement and instill strength in your child.
Dr. Feldman is experienced in managing children who have dental anxiety, and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.
She will evaluate your child’s head and neck area, as well as the surrounding structures. Also, Dr. Feldman will record your child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination, and discuss any findings with you.
Dr. Feldman is happy to answer any questions you may have, so please use the contact form on our page to ask her any questions!