We are thrilled to meet you and your child! However, we know that a trip to the dentist can cause some kids to feel anxious. The entire team at Bloom promotes our fun, kid-friendly environment to keep your child comfortable and relaxed at every appointment.
When should I bring my child to the dentist?
1st birthday, 1st visit. We stand by this recommendation along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association.
Preparing for your child's first dental visit
We want your child to feel right at home! Children are naturally curious and we want them to get to know our doctor and staff and be comfortable at all times. This builds trust and makes future dental visits easier for them.
What should I tell my child?
Keep it simple. Let your child know that the dentist and staff will explain and demonstrate everything in detail prior to doing anything and will answer any questions your child may have. You can tell them that we will take "pictures", or x-rays of their teeth, count their teeth, examine their jaws, and clean their teeth and gums to keep them looking their best. We will discuss our findings with you and your child and go over a dental health plan to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Parents should not make a big deal about the visit and should treat it like a trip to the grocery store. Also, refrain from using words that cause unnecessary fear like "shot, needle, drill". We are experienced with dealing with anxious children and can explain things in a positive manner to avoid any negative feelings toward dentistry.