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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D. Billings, MT 59102

Monday - Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday by Appointment Only

(406) 794-3114

Your Child’s First Dental Visit | Billings, MT

  • December 21, 2015

Being a parent is both a joy and an endless challenge. We want the best for our families, and we want to celebrate their accomplishments.

In a baby’s first years, lots of things happen that we want to remember.

Parents remember the first time their children try to talk and their children’s first words. Nowadays, parents try to record their children’s first steps, and the whole family often gets together for first birthdays.

Among the many milestones of childhood, there’s one we hope your family will share with our team at Legacy Smiles in Billings — your child’s first visit to the dentist.

‘Happy Visit’

The American Dental Association recommends that you bring your child to the dentist within six months after his or her first tooth erupts. At our office, we encourage the whole family to come for this first trip to the dentist. You may even want to take pictures to remember the occasion.

We want your child’s first dental appointment to be what we call a “Happy Visit.” While we do want to check on the health of your baby’s mouth, we hope something more important happens during his or her first visit.

We want your daughter or son to see the dentist office as a safe place, where people care for and care about her or him. More than anything we want your son or daughter to meet us because we hope this will be the first of many visits you and your family will make to our office.

In some cases, your daughter or son may let us look inside his or her mouth. If not, that’s OK, too. We will introduce your little darling to our staff, and show them some of the things we have in the office.

If the only thing we can do is give you son or daughter a high five while he or she sits in the dentist’s chair, that is fine. With time, we believe your child will become more comfortable with letting us look inside his or her mouth and allowing us to clean his or her teeth.

Service for life

If your child sees the dentist office as a place where people want to help, that will go a long way toward reducing dental anxiety as he or she gets older.

Around the age of 3, we will begin more thorough examinations of your child’s teeth. This is the time we try to take the first X-rays of your child’s teeth. We will begin cleaning and polishing his or her teeth as part of your family’s visits to our dentist office.

At this stage, our focus on helping you and your child know that the we are here to help. We also know that children are curious, and we are happy to answer their questions about the dentist.

We know you may have questions, too. As part of our family dentistry practice, we are happy to educate our patients about the things they should be doing at home to keep their mouths healthy.

Family dentistry includes all our general dental services. We already mentioned cleanings, exams, and X-rays. We also can put sealants on your children’s teeth to reduce the risk of cavities.

We offer fluoride treatments and varnishes to keep your and your child’s teeth looking their best. And we can provide nutritional counseling to help you and your family keep your healthy smiles.

Your family deserves the best care

You want to provide the best that you can for your family. That’s true if you are talking about going to the dentist or finding a safe vehicle.

Like the companies that make those family vehicles, our dentist office uses the latest technology to improve the quality of service we provide.

In addition to digital X-rays to monitor changes in your family’s teeth, we have cone beam imaging to give us the most detailed view of your mouths. Intraoral cameras allow us to take a closer look at your teeth and gums than has ever been possible, and dental lasers allow us to treat problems with little or no pain.

We want to be part of the lives of families in and around Billings. For more than 25 years, Legacy Smiles has been serving the people in our Montana community. We have seen children come through our office who are now grown and bringing their kids to see us.

If you are looking for a family dentist, we encourage you to come visit us. Fill out a new patient form to make an appointment, call us at 406-794-3114, or stop by our office at 2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D, in Billings.

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