First Visit

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her second birthday. Some children may have to have several visits with us to get comfortable.  As the parent you can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. 

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause them 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 initial examination however; during future appointments we suggest that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience.  This allows us to establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present.  Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension.  For the safety and privacy of all patients, reception room with a supervising adult.

How do you schedule appointments?

Our office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available.  Preschool and school age children should be seen in the morning because they are fresher and we can work more slowly with them for their comfort.  Dental appointments are excused absences.  We can keep missing school to a minimum by having regular check- ups and cleanings.

Can I stay with my child during the visit?

We do encourage you to sit in while Dr. Slaughter performs his exam.  We do discourage you to accompany your child during all treatment visits.  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.

What do I do if my child has an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out?  What do I do?

If there is no immediate medical emergency such as uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness, or other bodily injury, please contact us immediately.  You can describe the situation over the phone and our staff will help you decide on the best plan of action.  It is best to place the tooth in a cup with saliva in it until you can get to your dental office.  If you feel more comfortable you can place it in a cup of milk.

What are sealants?

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars (back teeth) to prevent decay.  Most tooth decay in children and adolescents occurs on the chewing surfaces of these permanent molars (back teeth).  This is because molars have irregular surfaces with pits and grooves which tend to trap food and bacteria debris.  Sealants flow into and coat the pits and grooves so that bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay.

Does my child really need sealants?

The benefits of sealants last many years.  Throughout your child’s regular check-ups, your dentist will ensure that the sealants are stable and may occasionally need to replace or add a new layer of sealant material, depending on your child’s chewing habits.

Dental sealants are an easy, cost-effective way to help your child enhance his or her dental health, overall well-being, and smile.  Feel free to contact us for more information on how sealants can provide life-long benefits for your child.

My child’s permanent teeth are yellow or darker than their baby teeth. Is something wrong? What should I do?

This is a question I get asked frequently and has an answer which provides a huge relief for many parents. In most cases, these yellower teeth are completely normal. It’s actually considered to be an optical illusion! You see, baby teeth, as mentioned earlier are actually nick-named “milk-teeth” because of their bright, white color. They are beautiful, delicate and oh-so adorable. Then, our permanent teeth make their appearance right beside those beauties. Permanent teeth are actually much yellower than baby teeth and often appear big and “gangly.” So, when sitting adjacent to something so spectacular such as baby teeth, they can appear downright ugly at times.

At what age will child’s teeth come in?

Primary  (Baby) Teeth Development Chart
Upper Teeth When tooth emerges When tooth falls out
Central incisor 8 to 12 months 6 to 7 years
Lateral incisor 9 to 13 months 7 to 8 years
Canine (cuspid) 16 to 22 months 10 to 12 years
First molar 13 to 19 months 9 to 11 years
Second molar 25 to 33 months 10 to 12 years
Lower Teeth    
Second molar 23 to 31 months 10 to 12 years
First molar 14 to 18 months 9 to 11 years
Canine (cuspid) 17 to 23 months 9 to 12 years
Lateral incisor 10 to 16 months 7 to 8 years
Central incisor 6 to 10 months 6 to 7 years