Your teeth stick with you through your whole life if you are lucky. The best way to ensure that your children maintain a long and happy relationship with their teeth is to start positive oral health habits. One of the most important of those habits is to come in to our office on a bi-annual basis for cleanings and exams. We will go over their current oral health, answer any questions you or they may have, and re-enforce the positive habits you have been helping them build at home.
Why see a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists exist because treating a child’s mouth is much different than treating an adult’s mouth. Further, treating a child is much different than treating an adult. It’s no secret that children can be fussy, tired, cranky, and scared of new situations and places. Fortunately, we at Hi5 Dental understand the challenges of treating children and are fully prepared for any number of issues that may arise during your visit. We are well versed in building trust with children and committed to making certain every visit they have with us is a positive one.
Because a child’s mouth is continually changing and growing, they are constantly faced with new and challenging dental issues. A regular dentist isn’t faced with the challenges of a growing mouth nearly as frequently as we are. We have seen many children come into our office for the first time scared and they always leave happy and relaxed.
Your first visit to us will consist of your child going through a thorough review of health and dental information. We will also be doing a full examination of their mouth. After the examination we will probably have a few questions for you about eating and any dental habits your child may have. X-rays are usually done on the first visit as well.
To prepare for the first visit it’s not a bad idea to avoid using words that can trigger worry in your child. Talking about shots or drills might not be the best approach. Instead, what we recommend is doing something fun or positive to prepare your child for a visit to us. Try sharing positive stories about your previous dental visits with your child. Singing a song in the car on the way here is always fun!
If you still aren’t certain that your little one is ready for a visit to see us please give us a call to schedule a “Happy Visit” at (503) 644-4749. We will give your child a tour of our office, where they will get to learn about all the different tools and instruments we use. They will get to meet Dr. Pham and a few of our friendly staff members. The Happy Visit really does go a long way in building trust with your child.
We are so excited to meet both you and your child. Please give us a call to schedule a visit with us so we can put your child on the right track to a bright and healthy smile!
Our Doctors: Hai Pham, DMD Jenette Intrachat, DDS Frank Hsieh, DDS, MSD
TOP DENTIST, Portland Monthly
Dr. Pham was featured in Portland Monthly, chosen as one of the Top Dentists, Pediatric Dentistry, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.