We feel very strongly that every child should visit the dentist at a very early age. There are many reasons for this, but none more important than teaching a child not to fear the dentist. The younger a child is when introduced to the dental office, the easier it is for them to develop a positive association with it. Another very important reason is the chance we can detect and manage early signs of oral disease or abnormalities before they become a more difficult problem to solve. Last, it provides parents with the resources and education to give their child the very best chance of growing up with a bright and healthy smile. Reasons like these have lead the most respected professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Dental Association, to recommend that a child makes their first trip to the dentist by his/her 1st birthday.
We are delighted to welcome you and your child into our practice. We’ve been providing high quality pediatric dental care for children and teens in the Columbus area for over 30 years. In the practice of “pediatric dentistry,” we have office routines that are uniquely different than what you may have been accustomed to in general dentistry practice. These differences set us apart and make us highly qualified to meet the needs of your children. For you and your child to feel more ‘at home,' we would like to familiarize you with our practice.
We prefer that a parent, legal guardian or custodial caregiver accompany your child to all visits. If an adult other than you will be bringing your child, it is necessary to have a signed letter or our Transfer of Authority Form. This form, when signed, provides the accompanying adult permission to make dental decisions for your child on your behalf. If you know you will not be accompanying your child please let us know ahead of time and we can advise you on writing a letter or filling out the transfer of authority form.
At the completion of the initial examination visit, your child’s oral health status and necessary treatment will be discussed with you by Dr. Soult. This consultation is designed for you to be able to speak one on one with the pediatric dentist and gain a full understanding of your child’s oral health. As your children’s dentist we are committed to partnering with you and want your participation in determining what dental treatment is best for your child. Please feel free to ask any questions.
- Make the appointment day as easy as possible and try to see that your child is well rested.
- It is best to tell a young child about a dental visit the day of the appointment.
- If your child requires more information, you can say, “The dentist will look at your teeth to make sure they are healthy.”
- Try to convey the feeling that dental visits are a normal part of growing up. (Sometimes the promise of a reward for “going to the dentist” inadvertently implies that there is something to fear)
- Of course, always avoid the threat of a dental visit as punishment for misbehavior.
At Bethel Olentangy Pediatric Dentsitry we are committed to a policy of prevention. By seeing children early in life we can often reduce the incidence of dental decay and infections with early preventative treatment techniques. Recognition and early treatment planning of developing orthodontic problems often enable us to either correct the problem or lessen the severity of the problem, thereby resulting in much better long-term results. Your child, with our help and your participation, can become an excellent dental patient with a healthy mouth and a confident smile.