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

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children have their first dental check-up by their first birthday. It’s very similar to a regular well-child check-up with your pediatrician. We offer oral hygiene instruction, dietary counseling, fluoride use, oral growth and development, habits, and dental trauma/injury prevention.

What should I expect for my child’s first visit?

Once you make an appointment at Memorial Children’s Dentistry, we can send you the forms via email, or you can fill out the forms in the office before the appointment. Please make sure to arrive at our office 15 minutes early, so your child has time to play with the toys in our waiting room. Dr. Hanna and the staff will get the room set up and meet you. Depending on how old your child is, Dr. Hanna will order X-rays to rule out certain things. Dr. Hanna follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principles to minimize unnecessary exposure of radiation. During the exam, Dr. Hanna will check all the existing teeth, examine the bite, and look for any potential problems with gums, jaw, and tissue. Thorough cleaning and fluoride needs will be assessed. We will discuss oral health care basics for your child and answer any questions.

Why should I go see a pediatric dentist? What is board certification?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two years of specialty training following dental school and limits their practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. Board certification is obtained through a series of written and oral exams to meet the standard of excellence set forth in providing high-quality oral healthcare for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special healthcare needs. When a pediatric dentist becomes certified, he or she has successfully completed accreditation training and a voluntary examination process designed to validate the knowledge, skills, and experience required to deliver the highest quality of patient care.

Why should I go to Memorial Children’s Dentistry?

We offer a fun and friendly environment for your child to make sure they get a lifetime of positive experiences at the dentist. We use child-friendly language and use behavior management skills so you and your child will have a pleasant, stress-free experience.

As the parent, how can I help make the appointment go smoothly?

Our #1 goal is to make the most amazing experience for you and your children. Talk to your children about going to the dentist. Let them know we will have toys, games, and fun things to enjoy in our waiting room. Use positive words to set the tone for the visit. Try to get here a little early, so your children get the chance to play and feel comfortable. Please share with us before the visit if you or your children have had any negative experiences in the past. Remember, your children can read your energy, so try to be as relaxed and as positive as possible. Dr. Hanna will work with you to address questions and concerns. She will guide you on what to expect with your child’s oral development and provide tips to care for their teeth. We want you and your child to have a positive, well-informed dental experience.

My child has special needs/a medical condition. Can we come see you?

We have lots of helpful tips and extensive experience in dealing with children with special needs and medical backgrounds. Dr. Hanna has experience in dealing with various medical conditions and takes the appropriate dental precautions.