We love kids at Bayou Dental Group! Monroe, LA dentists Dr. Finley and Dr. Henderson are known for their excellent chair side manner, gentle hand, and the way they make young patients feel at ease immediately. Our friendly staff makes sure that children have a fun, positive experience every time they visit. Take your kids to our Monroe, LA practice if you want them to love going to the dentist.
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
The American Dental Association recommends that parents take their baby to the dentist six months after the first tooth appears or as soon as the child turns 1. The first checkup is more about prevention than treatment, and it is about getting your child used to the dental environment and regular appointments. These visits are also opportunities for older kids to get to know Dr. Finley and our staff better, so they can be more comfortable and relaxed on future appointments.
It is important to establish a friendly environment at the beginning because it helps prevent dental anxiety and fear. Dr. Finley can also monitor the development of teeth and bones and identify potential problems. Treatment is simpler, more successful, and less expensive if problems are detected early.
What to Expect
Your child’s first dental visit is often short. You may be asked to sit in the dental chair while holding your child as one of our doctors checks their mouth or “counts their teeth.”
Dr. Finley and Dr. Henderson will look for potential problems and assess the risk for cavities. Teeth cleaning may be performed if indicated. Our team will also discuss oral hygiene, habits like thumb sucking, cavity prevention, and proper nutrition for children.