Children’s Care

Although Southport Dental Care is not primarily a pediatric dental practice we do have many many children and teenagers as patients. From their very first visit to the dentist, to their first dental treatment as a young teen, children require special treatment, and our doctors and our staff are highly trained in this regard.

Our top priorities are the health of your children and the elimination of dental disease. That is why we offer full-service care, from preventive care to restoration & cosmetic work for patients of ALL ages. We’ll carefully monitor your child’s dental development as well, making sure to take notice of sudden changes or alterations in the normal changes that occur while they are growing up. If a problem should develop, we can recommend, and then carry out, the appropriate course of action.

Naturally, we invite you and your child to come to our office for a tour before their initial dental examination so that anything they may not have ever seen will become familiar on the day of the actual appointment. Putting our younger patients at ease and showing them that the dental office can be a fun place to go to can be the defining moment in that child’s life. A good experience the first time can be the catalyst for continuing regular appointments and great oral health for many decades to come.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts you may need to know before you bring your children into the world of Dentistry.

The Do’s

Schedule the visit early in the day. Youngsters are often well rested and the appointment will not conflict with meal times or nap times. Children usually feel best in the morning and are more cooperative.

Make appointments on easy days. See that your child is well rested and that we are the first appointment of the day. Don’t make any other errands before your dental visit.

The Don’ts

Schedule your child’s dental visit before their annual medical visit, as they might need necessary medical shots that could give the child a negative approach towards Dentistry.

Give your child instructions on how to behave (such as telling not to cry, sit still in the chair or to be “good”) in the office. Let your children behave in a way most comfortable for them.

Mention fear provoking words such as drill, pull, needle or shot. Let us handle this part of the communication with your child.

Over do your preparation to the dentist appointment. Tell your child about the visit the night before, treating it as a high light of the day, not something to dread or worry about.

The first visits to the family dentist can last a lifetime, whether the visits went well or not. If handled properly, your children will always view going to the dentist as something good, positive, and healthy. Too many adults today with poor oral health started out with painful memories or unprepared parents, or worse, doctors that just didn’t know how to communicate with the children under his or her care.