Pediatric Dentistry: Starting Your Child Off Right At The Dentist
We lavish care on all patients in our Millburn, NJ dentist office to ensure they have a great dental visit, whether it’s providing a cozy blanket during a procedure or scheduling an appointment during a non-busy time of the day to lower your stress levels.Dr. Scott Krosser on treating children Read Transcript
The staff spends a lot of time talking to kids, keeping them comfortable. They're really very experienced. I think it comes across to people when the staff and the doctor are very confident about what they're about to do, even in the face of a terrified kid.
We can work through any issues that we have with them and it comes down to just having treated kids right from the very beginning of my career and always been able to find a way to get 'em comfortable enough to open their mouths and do what needs to be done.
That said, we really make a special effort when it comes to our youngest patients. We want your children to develop a positive relationship with Dr. Scott Krosser and our caring team that lays the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health!
In fact, don’t worry about getting a babysitter when you come for your regular dental exams. You’re welcome – encouraged, even – to bring your children into the exam room with you. We want them to see there is nothing to fear at the dentist’s office! And we’d like to begin seeing them for exams of their own no later than age 3.
To make an appointment for your child with Dr. Krosser, call Millburn Dental Arts at (973) 957-1604.
The Benefits of Early Dental Visits
Dr. Scott Krosser on treating smiles from todlers to teens Read Transcript
Treating kids young is really a matter of just trying to make sure that their home care is really good. We can address any of the issues as they get older, like orthodontics, and we just try to keep them comfortable enough in the chair so that they never develop a fear of coming back in.
Three quarters of the battle with most people is just getting them to come in the door. Half the new patients that come in are people who just are terrified. They just don't go to the dentist until it's way too late. By trying to avoid that early on and making your experience fun in the office, that really makes a big difference and goes a long way for kids. Kids that I've been treating since they were three and four years old now bring their three and four year old kids to me and that's always their comment: that I always made it easy and fun for them, even when they had a cavity or something had to be done. It was always something that they were never afraid to do and probably would never be afraid to do because we brought them in slowly and we did it the right way.
- Ensure your child’s teeth are coming in properly. If they don’t, your child may experience issues with speech and language development.
- Check for signs of tooth decay, which is important because so many kids have it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 percent of children have dental decay by the time they enroll in kindergarten.
- Answer your questions about proper oral home hygiene and dental behaviors that may affect your child’s teeth.
Your child’s earliest visits will be a lot like “well child” visits at the pediatrician. As they get older, we’ll incorporate more elements like gentle dental cleanings. For example:
- When your child is ages 4-6, we’ll take their first set of X-rays
- When they are around 7, they’ll receive an orthodontic evaluation
- As they get older, we may suggest dental sealants, a treatment that helps prevent cavities on hard-to-clean back teeth, and fluoride treatments
Keeping Dental Visits Fun, Comfortable For Your Kids
We use treatments that ensure your child is always comfortable. For example, if Dr. Krosser needs to place a tooth filling, he uses a WaterLase dental laser that is quicker, more precise, and more comfortable than a drill. No unpleasant grinding or whining noise!
Not only that, but typically no Novocaine is required. So no needle stick or lingering numbness.
We also want your child to look forward to their dental visits! So after a dental exam, they’ll get:
- A toy they select from our “treasure chest”
- A goodie bag with toothbrush and other dental care items
- A “chicken balloon” that we fashion from a rubber glove
You know a dentist is kid-friendly when you see children leaving with a chicken balloon!