Parents Page

Welcome parents! Below are some topics that Dr. Tari has addressed for you. Also, watch our quick video of our top 2 year old model getting his teeth cleaned! You can watch this with your child so they can see how easy it is to come see the Tooth Fairy!

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Why a Specialist???

A Pediatric Dentist is specifically trained in the oral health care of infants, children and teens, as well as those patients with special needs. Besides four years of dental school a specialist must attend at least two years of post graduate training in order to diagnose and treat all of your child's dental healthcare needs. This special training allows a pediatric dentist to provide the most up-to-date and thorough treatment for a wide variety of children's dental problems. Because of this specialized training and commitment to comprehensive oral health, many parents wisely choose a pediatric dentist to treat their children.


Why our Pediatric Dentist???

Dr. Tari strives to provide the highest level of preventative and comprehensive dental care for each child, including children with special healthcare needs. Her focus is on prevention and education in collaboration with each parent and child. She values continuing education and professional development for herself as well as her staff. She believes in embracing the latest pediatric dental technology to improve each child's level of discomfort, time in the chair and overall dental care.

When should my child see the dentist for the first time???

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child's first visit to their Pediatric Dentist occur when they get their first tooth, this usually occurs by age 1 but all children are different and your child may be slightly older or younger. Starting your child at a young age will help them develop great dental habits and become more comfortable with the dental setting.


How can I help my child with their first visit???

Parents can help their pre-school child or an anxious child prepare by not showing anxiety themselves. Children often mimic their parents, so if you show "fear" or anxiety they will too! Also, try to refrain from using words such as "shot", "hurts" or "drill", these words alone can cause apprehension. Encourage your child to brush and floss their teeth for a healthy smile, and speak with them about how important a good diet and regular dental hygiene is for a beautiful smile. You may want to schedule very young or anxious children in the morning when they are well rested.


What happens at my child's first visit???

A thorough review of dental and medical histories is the first step of your child's first visit. Evaluation of their head, neck, teeth and gums are also very important.

A highly trained staff member may clean your child's teeth and administer a fluoride treatment. Digital x-rays may be taken annually based on your child's unique needs. Dr. Tari will perform a thorough dental exam and if necessary develop a diagnosis and treatment plan which she will discuss with you at the end of the appointment. This treatment plan will also address future needs for your child such as orthodontics, mouth guards and habit reminders.


Do's and Don't's

Do's

- Do schedule first visit when first teeth erupt

- Do use positive words or phrases such as they will get their teeth shiny, have pictures of their teeth taken, have their teeth counted and they will get a new toothbrush.

- Do schedule morning appointments for pre-school or younger children. They are well rested and much more cooperative during the morning hours.


Don't's

- Do not use negative words such as shot, hurt, poke, drill, pull, yank.

- Do not use the dentist as a threat or bribe your child to go to the dentist.

- Do not show your anxiety or fear if you are nervous.