Hi, I am Dr. Brant Darby, DDS. I am a Pediatric Dental Specialist. Over the last several years in practice I have realized that one of the most important topics in children's healthcare is often overlooked. That topic is "How to Successfully Prepare for Your Child's First Dental Visit". Unfortunately, many times I see parents put this extremely important appointment off until far too late, or they come unprepared and have an "unsuccessful" first visit. It is my goal to prepare you so that you can successfully prepare for your child's first dental visit.
Why is your child's first dental visit so important?
This appointment will begin to set the proper standard for addressing one of the world's most important aspects of healthcare, oral health. Dental disease is the number one most prevalent chronic diseases affecting children in the United States (even greater than asthma). Dental disease is responsible for countless hours of missed school (it is estimated that American school children miss some 51 million hours of school annually related to dental disease). Adults miss many hours of work due their own and their children's dental disease. This costs consumers billions of dollars annually in the United States alone. Dental disease is responsible for serious infections that cause excruciating pain, morbidity and even mortality (in 2007 a boy from Maryland died from a dental infection). The results of dental disease may also cause some people to have serious psychological problems; phobias about going to the "Dentist or Physician".
How can you help your child to avoid these serious problems?
It is really very simple: "Prepare Successfully for Your Child's First Dental Visit". How do you do this? Please read this book and pay close attention to the book. If you follow these steps you will be well on your way to practicing good prevention. Prevention is the key to avoiding serious dental disease. The old saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is very true.
A few of the important topics that will be covered in the book is
- When should my child first see the dentist?
- What type of dentist should my child see?
- How do I find the right dentist for my child?
- What is a Dental Home?
- How do I make this first visit a positive experience?