Dr. Noushin Morshed has been practicing pediatric dentistry in Santa Monica for over 35 years. She is extremely caring and gentle and treats children of all ages and temperaments.
Our office provides a very caring, calm and non-threatening environment for your child. Your child's first visit to the dental office should be around his or her first birthday, but could be as soon as the child's first tooth eruption, as recommended by the American Dental Association.
Many children express apprehension when they know they are going to the dentist for the first time. Please avoid using words such as "needle," "pull," "hurt," or "drill," as these sometimes triggers fears in a child. The earlier the child is accustomed to visiting the dentist; the less those fears will be pronounced in later years.
Patience and calm on your part will help ensure a successful and stress-free visit for your child. Schedule the appointment as early as possible in the day, when your child is alert and fresh.
The typical first dental appointment for your child could include one or more of the following:
- A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas.
- If needed, a gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar build-up, stains and application of fluoride.
- X-rays if necessary.
- A demonstration of proper dental hygiene.
Talk to your child about what to expect, and build excitement as well as understanding about the upcoming visit. Please bring your child's previous dental records and x-rays, if available. For children with special needs, our office can provide conscious (nitrous oxide) or general (IV) sedation.