Pediatric Dentists - Sheboygan
1313 N Taylor Dr,
Sheboygan, WI 53081-3090
(920) 452-7336

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Overview

We believe in providing the highest quality of care in the best manner possible for each individual child. We emphasize prevention by teaching good brushing and flossing skills, as well as stressing the roles of diet and oral hygiene in decay prevention. We want your child to need as little treatment as possible! But when children need treatment, we want them to get through it with little anxiety, and to feel proud of themselves afterward. We also feel that early detection of cavities and other oral problems is very important, as it can help to prevent more extensive dental treatment later. For this reason, we agree with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation that a child’s first dental visit should be around 1 year of age. Finally, our goal as pediatric dental care providers is to assist young people through the transition from baby teeth to a healthy adult dentition, instilling in them a positive attitude toward dental care that will last a lifetime.

Preparing for Your Child's First Visit

You can play an important role in preparing your child for his/her first visit to the dentist. Any anxiety on your part will probably be sensed by your child. Tell your child that we will brush, "count" and "take pictures" of his/her teeth. Do not use any fear provoking words such as "hurt, drill, pull and needle. " Avoid statements like "the doctor will not hurt you. " These give your child the impression that ordinarily the doctor will hurt you, but not today. Try to maintain a positive attitude; if you tell your child it will be fun, it will be.

What to Expect at the First Visit

At your child's first visit he or she will have their picture taken and choose a new toothbrush. An assistant will help your child to brush his/her teeth at our Mickey Mouse sink. Next an assistant will do a "show and tell" demonstration on how we clean teeth. They often use a stuffed animal with giant teeth. Your child will then be ready to have his or her teeth cleaned or "polished" and a brush-on fluoride application.

The doctor will then do a full examination of the teeth and supporting structures. X-rays may be taken depending on the age and needs of the individual child, typically for children age 4 or older. Dr. Marchi will explain your child's needs and answer any questions you may have. A written plan of necessary treatment with all fees will be prepared for you and discussed before you leave.

Subsequent visits, including routine cleanings, can be scheduled before you leave the office.

During your child's first visit, we invite you to stay with your child. We feel that good habits begin with the parents, and by having you there, we can educate you as well as your child. If your child requires restorative work or follow up care, we recommend that you remain in the reception area while we are working with your child. We find we can establish a direct and close rapport more quickly and effectively with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and trust, and also their undivided attention. Please remember that Dr. Marchi has been specially trained in behavior management techniques that will help your child through his/her appointments with as little apprehension as possible. If your child requires special treatment for any reason, it will be discussed with you and decided together the best way to proceed.


 

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