At Buxton Family Dental, we welcome children of all ages!
One of the most valuable lessons we can teach kids from the start is that trips to the dentist can be a fun, interesting experience. Positive visits from the very beginning help kids avoid dental anxiety when they are older.
Experiencing the new sights and sounds of an office filled with unfamiliar and strange-looking equipment can often be overwhelming for a child. But Dr. Kendell Buxton has significant experience working in pediatric dental offices and treating children with a wide range of needs. And as a father of six great kids, you can be confident he knows exactly what it takes to help children of all ages feel safe and comfortable with us!
Your Child’s First Visit
The first visit can be a little unnerving, often more so for the parent than the child! We respect your concerns, so we welcome you to hold your child in your lap while we take a look in their mouth.
We have two primary goals for these first few “happy visits.”
First, we want to establish a comfortable relationship so that your child comes to know and trust us. We use a technique called "tell-show-do" that takes advantage of their natural curiosity to get them accustomed to the new sights and sounds of our office.
The second goal is to talk to you about the role you play in helping protect your child’s oral health. Dr. Buxton will answer your questions and discuss the importance of a healthy diet, proper dental care at home, and continuing preventive care. When we know your child is comfortable with us, we will incorporate cleanings and exams into these appointments.
If you have a child who resists treatment, please don’t feel like you are doing something wrong. Our caring team will offer all the support your child needs to stay calm, and we will never try to treat a child before they are ready. We can also provide nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” which is completely safe for children. Your little one won’t go to sleep, but they will feel a sense of calm and well-being that is critical for their future oral health care.
Dental Care as Your Child Grows
Your child’s dental needs frequently change as they grow, and we’re here to make sure they get the care they need. We protect baby teeth and do our best to keep them intact until permanent teeth are ready to emerge. Sometimes this involves a dental filling, or it may require a stainless steel crown that protects the tooth until it’s ready to come out on its own. If decay is more severe, we may need to perform a procedure called a pulpotomy to remove diseased pulp and preserve the tooth.
As your child grows, we will monitor their oral health and offer appropriate treatment when necessary. Around age seven, we start looking for potential alignment problems with an orthodontic screening. If treatment is necessary, we will coordinate with your child’s orthodontist to ensure that we are supporting their treatment.
Please Call Us to Arrange a Visit
We find that most children do incredibly well when we treat them the way we would like our kids to be treated. Please call our Fort Collins dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a time for you and your child to stop by for a visit.