At the first visit Dr. Baldwin will perform a gentle exam of your child's teeth and may also clean them and do a fluoride treatment. This visit is meant to assess development of your child's teeth and mouth and discuss any concerns you may have. Dr. Baldwin will also review dental hygiene and diet for your baby. We do not expect your baby to cooperate at this visit. Our staff can explain to you how we can examine your child without their complete cooperation and show them that the dentist is a gentle and caring place.
At this age most children are very cooperative for their first visit. Although they may feel nervous or shy, Dr. Baldwin and her staff will interact with your child and use techniques such as "tell, show, do" to help your child understand everything. Radiographs (x-rays) are taken on an as needed basis. Dr. Baldwin will do a gentle exam of your child's mouth as well as clean their teeth and apply a topical fluoride treatment. We include many fun flavors and colors. At each step we offer positive reinforcement. Dr. Baldwin will also incorporate questions about diet and oral hygiene at home to evaluate your child's risk for dental caries. A home care plan specific for your child's needs will then be discussed.
Dr. Baldwin recommends that parents continue to help and supervise their child's brushing well into adolescence. Parents should also be very careful to supervise toothpaste use in children under age 7. At each recall visit Dr. Baldwin will assess your child's hygiene and offer recommendations for improvement which may or may not include a parent's help and/or supervision.
Taking dental radiographs is very important on an as needed basis. Dr. Baldwin assesses each patient and their specific needs including spacing between teeth, history of trauma, pain, and development before making a decision on if and how many dental radiographs are needed. Please visit http://www.aapd.org/pediatricinformation/faq.asp for more information.
Dr. Baldwin will explain your child's dental condition and discuss a patient specific plan for treatment based on all findings. We take into consideration your child's age, level of cooperation, and extent of treatment needed. There may be multiple options available to treat certain conditions and Dr. Baldwin will discuss the benefits of each.
Dr. Baldwin leaves this decision up to the parent. She welcomes parents in the room with their child during "check-up" as well as treatment/cavity appointments. Siblings may be in the room during "check up" appointments only, as long as they are not disruptive. Siblings are not permitted in the treatment area during treatment as Dr. Baldwin wants to be able to provide your child with her full attention without distraction. If a parent feels that they would be more comfortable in the waiting room Dr. Baldwin and Stephanie will let the parent know if their child needs them at any point during treatment.
Dr. Baldwin uses several behavior management techniques for children who may be nervous or unable to cooperate due to young age, dental anxiety, or special needs. In the office Dr. Baldwin may use nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") to calm a child's fears and provide a pleasant dental experience. Dr. Baldwin also performs treatment under general anesthesia at Jersey Shore University Medical Center where anesthesia services are provided by an anesthesiologist. Dr. Baldwin will discuss the benefits and risks of specific treatment options based on the individual needs of your child.