Making Miles of Smiles
At Adventure Dental, we specialize in pediatric dentistry, which means our focus is on treating infants, children, and teens.
Our commitment is to provide a lifetime of amazing dental care. We are excited to have your child be a part of our dental family.
Tooth Decay is Preventable
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for the simple reason that many children and adolescents tend to be lax about their oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away. A low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay.
Baby & Me
At what age should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time? We are asked this a lot, and the answer is “1 year or 6 months after they get their first tooth.” Why so early? Two reasons:
1. Prevention and parent education—from age 6 months to 2 years, your child is in what is called “the window of infectivity” during which they are developing all the bacteria they will have in their mouth for the rest of their lives! Therefore, we want to help you foster good habits at the earliest age to prevent problems in the future.
2. Child’s comfort—the sooner they become comfortable visiting our office, sitting in the chair and letting us peek in their mouth, the easier each subsequent visit will be. We want them to like it here!
Now, you are not a “bad parent” if your child is older than this and has not yet been to the dentist, but we encourage you to make their first appointment soon. Stop by for a Happy Visit for FREE to introduce yourself and your child to our office! There's lots to see and do!
There are many types of sedation that can be used to help make your child comfortable during a dental procedure. Our trained team partners with you to determine the best, most cost-effective and appropriate one for treating your child, should sedation be required.
See our Sedation page for more info.
We are committed to doing everything possible to make your child’s visit to the dentist a great experience. To help us create a comfortable environment and prepare for their visit, we have several resources and recommendations.
Special Needs Coordinator
Prior to your child’s visit, our special needs coordinator will offer to do a “comfort call” to learn more about your child’s personality, challenges, likes/aversions, etc. This allows us to prepare the space, the assistants, the doctor to help your child feel at ease. We can also send them a storyboard to review prior to the visit.
Because many of our patients are sensory seekers or avoiders (including Dr. Todd’s son who has been diagnosed with autism and SPD), we have created two rooms with different sensory “options" targeting each of the 5 senses--sight (light, color, visual distractions), sound (music, headphones, "white noise"), smell (diffusers with relaxing or neutralizing scents), touch (memory-foam booster, weighted blanket, sensory "toys"), and taste (chewlry, different fluoride and varnish flavors). We will work with you to make sure we set things up appropriately for your child and do what we can to make your child most comfortable.
We welcome ALL children to our office, but have a special place in our hearts for those that struggle with different challenges. Our doctors and assistants have received special training to help them understand how to best treat children with a variety of disabilities and special needs. They also meet regularly with therapy providers and other specialists to make sure they continue to provide the best experience possible for you as a parent and your extra-special child.