Children under the age of two are usually more comfortable in their parent’s lap than in the dental chair. Dr. Sjostrom encourages parents to allow their child to stay in their lap to help comfort the child during their first few visits. Dr. Sjostrom will perform a “knee-to-knee” exam where the teeth and gums are examined to evaluate a child’s growth and development. Topical fluoride is often applied at this visit. This visit will include dietary and hygiene recommendations as well. Dr. Sjostrom encourages parents to ask as many questions as you like at this time.
Children over the age of three are encouraged to sit in the dental chair when they are comfortable in our office. The first visit usually includes a full exam, cleaning, x-rays and a fluoride treatment with the consent of the child’s parent or guardian.