Dental Clinics of Texas | Pediatric in Houston

 

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Pediatric
 

First visit

AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) and AAP(American Academy of Pediatric) recommend that dental care should start with conception. We educate expectant parents on early dental care and educate them about the do's and don'ts related to their childs oral health.

 

Early Infant Oral Health

The American Dental Association (www.ada.org), the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (www.aapd.org) in consensus recommend that your child should be seen by the dentist by 12 months of age or when the first tooth erupts. This is called Infant Oral Health Exam. 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. Our office specializes in Infant Oral Health. Infants usually cry at this appointment, but we are well trained to handle these situations. The visit is not nearly as difficult as the visit to the pediatricians for vaccinations. It usually entails education of the parents about the do's and dont's to keep the sugar bugs and cavities at bay, checking the teeth and mouth, demonstrating to the parents the most effective way to brush the infants teeth and application of professional strength fluoride on erupted teeth. Controlling Strep. Mutans and prolonging the "window of infectivity" is key to the prevention of Early Childhood Caries. Pictures related to ECC. OHI, DI, Safety, Fluoride, Anticipatory guidance points. Points about first aid in cases of trauma and avulsions etc...

If the child is old enough to understand and follow cartoons and stories, then you can make your child's first visit to the dentist an enjoyable and positive experience. Prepare your child for this visit with positive stories and experiences. Children carry indirect experiences in their minds. ITherefore it is important that they hear all positives about this visit. It is best if you refrain from using words that may cause fear and anxiety. These words typically are "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" , "prick"o r "hurt". Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child eg. "sleepy juice", "Mr. Thirsty", "motorcycle", "car wash", "wiggle", etc.

 

Treatment visits

At Dental Clinics of Texas we understand that dental treatment experience for your children could be equally taxing on the parents. Hence, we constantly strive to ease your experience with frequent communication and we leave it to you to decide whether you wish to stay with your child during the exams and treatment. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you allow us to communicate with your child. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. Children have a hard time following instructions coming from various sources. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room or patient waiting area with a supervising adult.

 

Behavior Management

It is our intention to deliver the highest quality of professional care for each and all of our patients here at Fort Bend Pediatric Dentistry. One of the key factors in delivering this type of care is to establish a safe environment which will allow us to complete any treatment safely with high efficiency. Attempts are made to create such an environment through many behavior management techniques. To promote positive behavior, we utilize verbal and non-verbal communication.

Tell-Show-Do Procedure - Informing, then demonstrating, and finally performing part of a procedure.

Playful humor - Using fun labels and suggesting imagination.

Distraction - Ignoring and then directing attention away from a behavior, thought or feeling to something else.

Positive Reinforcement - Tangible or social reward in response to desired behavior.

Shaping - Successive approximations to a desired behavior.

Fading gradually - Provide external means to promote positive behavior and the removing of the external control.

 

Our Doctors believes in spending time with children to nurture a healthy positive attitude  to help them to cope with their dental treatment without having to use modalities like sedation. Then we reward this positive behavior with a "goody bag". This in scientific terms is called Behavior Management. Similarly our doctors also spend time in understanding the fine line between treatment using behavior management only versus treatment under sedation. The deciding factor is whether the child would feel proud about himself that he/she was brave to handle it or the experience of getting treatment done would instill fear, anxiety and apprehension towards dentistry in their minds for the rest of their lives. If the patient has extensive dental needs and the child is very young to co operate for the dental treatment in the office, our doctors can recommend treatment under general anesthesia at the hospital.

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