A “dental home” is defined as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, which includes all aspects of oral health care in a comprehensive, family-oriented way.
A first dental visit is like a well-baby check up. We offer tips on brushing, flossing and diet to build a solid oral health foundation for your child. For example, sugary or starchy snacks and drinks should be avoided, and if consumed, should be given at mealtimes. Day-long snacking and/or sipping can increase the risk for cavities.
We understand that a one or two-year-old child may not be very cooperative at the dentist, especially at the first visit. It is possible that your child may cry. This is not a cause for concern. Dr. Bari will examine your child while your child is on your lap. Before she starts, she will introduce all the dental tools. Tell-show-do is a technique that will help your child get comfortable before the exam.
What makes our office different is that we give more time to each child and instead of cleaning with a toothbrush, we use a standard rubber cup and scalers. By doing so, it provides a far superior exam and cleaning as calculus (hard plaque) is very common in young children and cannot be removed with a toothbrush.
Dr. Bari will also provide you with guidance on your child's brushing technique, their growth and development, eruption of teeth, nutrition, bottle habits, thumb, finger, and pacifier habits, trauma, and more.