Family Dental Care at Park Avenue Dental
At Park Avenue Dental, our love for kids motivates our choice to cater to children in a variety of ways as a family dental care facility. As a family-friendly dental office, we not only treat many different families, but we also treat many different kinds of families with children of all ages. By not limiting our dental services to pediatric dentistry alone, we are able to care for dental needs of your entire family in one convenient location.
Preventative Pediatric Dentistry
Our overall philosophy toward dentistry for children is the same as our philosophy of dentistry for adults: prevention is the best medicine. At Park Avenue Dental, we prioritize preventative dentistry with children and begin teaching them and their parents the necessary habits for good oral hygiene right away.
When infants are first brought to our office at an age anywhere from six months to one year old, we communicate with the parents everything they need to know to help their baby have healthy primary teeth, which will, in turn, prepare the baby to have healthy permanent teeth. Even with infants, we encourage parents to monitor their sugar intake and work to wean their child off a bottle as soon as possible so that the baby is not falling asleep with sugar on their teeth.
Family Dental Care for Children
When children come of the age in which they can increase their participation in their personal hygiene, our dentists begin talking directly to them in order to empower them to take responsibility for their teeth. A signature provision of pediatric dentistry at Park Avenue Dental is an introduction for younger children to the process of a dental visit on their own in which we allow them to come into an appointment with their parents or older siblings to observe the typical procedures.
We strive to make the first experience in a dentist’s office a fun one. Before an appointment begins, kids can play with crayons and coloring books in the lobby and read children’s books that explain to them what the dentist is like in a language that is easy for them to understand. During the introductory appointment, our dentists interact with children by supplying them with small, positive experiences such as counting their teeth, giving them a “ride” in the chair, and providing them with a prize at the end for being such a good patient.
The actual appointment for your child will include checking the placement and health of your child’s teeth and inspecting the jaw and gums for any potential problems. We teach your child the basics of dental care. These efforts prove to children that dentistry is not only important but that it can also be fun as they spend time with the friendly people at Gainesville’s top family dentist.
Dental Information for Parents
As the dentists at Park Avenue Dental develop their relationship with the children, they continue to communicate with the parents so that everyone in the family has the information they need. Our dentists are always available to answer any questions you may have about your children’s oral health or about any of our dental products. To reassure parents about the safety of our products, we only use BPA-free sealants and mostly latex-free materials.
We also share with our parents our best advice for helping to prepare children for their dental appointments. Your child will feel much more calm about their dentist appointment if you yourself maintain an optimistic perspective on it. Your attitude toward the dentist is contagious, so if you make negative comments about dental visits, your child will develop a fear of future appointments that will affect their behaviors at the office. To alleviate your child’s anxiety even more, show your child pictures of our office and our staff, and remind your child that the dentist will help them have healthy teeth and gums for their entire lives. We are always ready to do whatever is necessary to ease your child’s nerves, and we work with both children and parents to secure complete comfort for the duration of the appointment.
Park Avenue Dental’s Love for Kids
We are proud to have created a place where all members of the family can receive the best family dental care with the people they love and from the people they trust. We want to make your family part of our family at Park Avenue Dental, so to learn more about how we address the dental needs of both children and adults in the Gainesville area, call us today!