• Pillow – Cotton

  • Tooth Bug – Cavity

  • We’re Going to Brush the Bug Off Your Tooth – Drilling

  • Filling up the House the Bug Left on Your Tooth – Filling

  • Mr. Bumpy – Slow Speed Drill

  • Tooth Smoother or Electric Toothbrush– High-Speed Drill

  • Silver Star – Amalgam Filling

  • White Star – Composite Filling

  • Protection Hat for Your Tooth – Crown

We feel parental involvement is extremely important. Preparing your child for the first visit by reading recommended books, playing pretend dentist and being positive about the dental experience is very helpful. 

 

At the end of each appointment, parents are invited to reward their child with words of praise for a job well done. We enjoy establishing a trusting friendship with each child and their parents. We teach parents that it’s fun to converse with their child using our gentle dental terminology.

 

Nutritional counseling is provided to parents that will assist them with packing lunches and snacks for school. We also help parents figure out what may be the cause of cavities for their child and give them many ideas for preventing dental decay.

 

Routine dental care, such as six-month cleaning and examination appointments, can also develop lasting friendships with our dental team. Children learn by watching their parents. Regular tooth brushing and flossing can be a fun family event.

 

Gentle Dental Terminology

  • We’re Going to Count Your Teeth – Examination

  • Tooth Counter – Explorer

  • Pictures of Your Teeth – X-Rays

  • Bubbles for Your Teeth – Fluoride

  • Tooth Paint – Sealant

  • Straw – Suction

  • Wiggle Tooth – Pull Tooth

  • Jelly – Topical Anesthetic

  • Sleepy Juice - Novocain

How Parents Can Help

How Parents Can Help

Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age.  Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

 

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents. 

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

 

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt".

 

The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

 

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

 

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

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Orlando pediatric dentist treating infants, children, adolescents and special needs patients with high quality care in a fun atmosphere by caring people!
Based in Winter Garden, Dr. Jason Sotto is a pediatric dentist serving patients in the surrounding cities and areas of Orlando, Central Florida,
Windermere, Winter Garden and Orange County, Florida.