One Child at a Time
Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We invite you to stay with your child during the examination. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. If possible, for the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
Our Infection Control Program
When you visit our office, you will see that we are wearing gloves and masks during treatment procedures. This is because we want to protect the patients and staff from contact with bacteria and viruses. In so doing, we are following the infection control guidelines established by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control. The rigorous safety precautions we practice are designed to protect both the patients and staff from such infections as hepatitis, tuberculosis, AIDS and respiratory viruses such as the common cold. These measures include hand washing with disinfectant soap, hand sanitizers, safety glasses, facemasks, and the use of new gloves for every patient. Also included in our infection control procedures are the single use of disposable materials and the use of disposable protective covers. Instruments and handpieces are cleaned and sterilized by the use of an autoclave, a device which kills bacteria and viruses by heat (high temperatures) and pressure. We also perform regular tests to verify that sterilization procedures are working correctly. Also, the water supply, which we use for our drills and for intra-oral irrigation, is a self-contained system, and the water is distilled.
These hygienic measures are nothing new. We have been practicing these universal precautions in our office for a long time. In addition, these universal precautions and procedures are used for every patient and by every member of the dental staff. Everyone benefits from rigorously observed infection control – you, your dentist, and the dental staff.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!