Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD Atlanta GA DentistHow old should your child be before s/he sees the dentist? It may surprise you to learn that the American Dental Association recommends that all children visit the dentist for the first time by the time they reach their first birthday. This comes as a shock to many parents who do not think to take their children to see the dentist until well after they are two or three years old. This change of thinking has been determined by the American Dental Association in order to establish a good rapport with a young child and to prevent dental issues from occurring.

When asked why more parents do not bring their children into the dentist at an earlier age, most often they say that the thought never occurred to them because they did not have “enough” teeth yet. This is the exact thinking that the ADA wants to change. Children’s baby teeth are extremely important to their lifelong oral health, and children who visit the dentist at a very young age have a great opportunity to promote optimal oral health because their parents are well educated on how to best care for their children’s teeth.

Your child’s first dental appointment is meant to be very relaxed and comfortable. Your dentist will “count the teeth,” speak with very child-friendly terminology, and will help to instill a desire to properly care for the teeth. Parents will also learn proper techniques for brushing and flossing a young child’s teeth, as well as other important factors for how to best care for a young mouth. Topics such as not allowing your child to fall asleep drinking a bottle of milk or breastfeeding, taking away a pacifier, sucking the thumb, and biting will also be talked about in regards to oral health.

It is important for all parents to take an active role in their child’s oral health. By making your child’s first dental appointment a priority, you are helping your child learn that taking care of his or her mouth is an essential part of growing up. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD loves to help families thrive, and he welcomes the opportunity to serve you and your family members. Call today to schedule your child’s first dental appointment.

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Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.