A pediatric dentist is a specialist who has completed at least two years of post-doctoral training to meet the unique needs of children and adolescents. Dr. Parker has completed this training allowing him to provide the most up-to-date and thorough treatment available for a wide variety of dental problems. Dr. Parker is also trained to treat special patients who may have emotional, physical, or other developmental disabilities.
The American Board of Pediatric Dentists and Dr. Parker recommend that your child have their first dental exam before the age of two. Though this may seem early, 40 percent of all toddlers between one and three years old have some form of inflammation of the gums and/or cavities.
Before the First Visit
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits being a part of growing up. You can explain to your child that Dr. Parker will look at and count all of his or her teeth. Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt, as this may never have entered their mind, but rather that Dr. Parker will be gentle and friendly. Please do not use the words needle, drill, shot, pull or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. In addition, please do not reflect on any negative experiences you may have had at the dental office. Expect your child to do well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are they will do exactly that.
The First Visit
One of Dr. Parker’s dental team members will seat your child and explain what their dental visit will consist of. They will review brushing and flossing instructions with you and your child, as well as answer any questions and take X-rays if necessary. Dr. Parker will perform an examination and evaluate the health of your child’s teeth and gums. Parents are welcome to accompany their child into the treatment area during the initial visit. This gives you the opportunity to see our staff in action and allows Dr. Parker to discuss dental findings and treatment needs directly with you. One note of advice is offered – Your presence will be greatly enhanced if you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established between Dr. Parker, his dental team members and your child. When more than one person is talking, your child may become confused and nervous about this new experience. Additional services can be scheduled once a diagnosis has been made by Dr. Parker. All additional treatment services diagnosed will be scheduled for completion at a separate appointment.