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Pediatric Dentist in Greenwood

We want your child to feel completely comfortable at our office, so Greenwood Dental Smiles takes extra care to make sure they have a positive first experience that will lead them on a path to develop healthy habits for the rest of their lives. 

When should my child first see a dentist?

The first regular visit to our office should happen right after your child’s third birthday. This visit will likely be short and involves very little treatment.

What will my child’s first dental exam look like?

During the first visit, we may ask you to sit in the chair and hold your child while we gently examine his or her teeth and gums. Depending on your child’s age and mouth health, our dentist may want to take X-rays to monitor any decay, or apply fluoride to protect your child’s teeth. Most importantly, our team will let you know exactly how to care for his or her teeth at home as they continue to grow. 

What if my little one is nervous?

Just like the first doctor’s appointment or haircut, there will likely be some nerves. Our whole team works together to create a nurturing and comfortable environment for you and your family. Our intention is for you and your children to not only not be afraid to visit us, but to want to return and see us again!

Do you have any tips before our first visit?

We think it’s helpful for you to take your child for a “preview” of the office before the big day. That way he or she will be in a familiar place. You can also read books about going to the dentist so they know they’re just like other kids. Giving your child an overview of what they can expect will also be helpful, so they aren’t alarmed when strangers are reaching for his or her mouth. It also doesn’t hurt to talk about how positive and effortless your past dental experiences have been.

After the first visit, how can I make sure hygiene is kept up at home? 

Limiting your child’s sugar intake is a good first step to keeping their teeth healthy. Brushing regularly is also essential for preventing cavities. As much as possible, avoid sticky foods and sweet drinks and try to make their sweet treat a part of their meal. Brush time will be most effective if it’s viewed as fun. The bottom line is to make it as positive as possible, with fun songs you can sing together and maybe a reward system, if helpful. When those occasional late nights occur and your child resists brushing, avoid the fight and bring them their toothbrush without toothpaste to their bed. They can brush their teeth in bed and the habit and importance of it will be maintained.

When will my baby’s first teeth come in?

When your baby is about 6-8 months old, you’ll see the two bottom front teeth pop up first. The four upper front teeth will likely come next, and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.

When will their first permanent teeth show up?

The first permanent teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of 5 and 6. If some teeth are a few months early or late, don’t worry, all children are different.

Take the first step towards a healthy and radiant smile today!

Schedule your appointment with Greenwood Dental Smiles, your trusted and experienced dentist in Greenwood. Do not wait any longer to achieve the perfect smile you deserve!

Or call — 317-885-7760

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Patient Testimonials

"This was my first visit with Greenwood Dental Smiles. They were friendly from the moment I walked in the door to the moment I left. Such a great office! Happy people who seem to love their job. Even got a nice coffee mug to use! Definitely will be going back!"

Christy Hill

"My daughter and I have been going here for a few years now. We absolutely love Greenwood Dental Smiles. Not only are they professional but they are caring which means a lot to me and my family. They always take their time and listen to any concerns or questions we may have. I also love the fact that they are very personal and make you feel as if you really matter to them and that you’re not just a patient."

Carol Nixon

"I'm very pleased with Greenwood Dental Smiles, and I highly recommend. Everyone is very experienced and have great communication skills. Dr Jillian Samela is top notch, with excellent hygienist and a professional staff."

Chuck Cowell

"Greenwood Dental Smiles made my first visit to the dentist in 10+ years as painless as possible. The staff is super friendly, and you can feel the support and love between the team during your visit. Highly recommend! And my next visit was just as wonderful. They are truly consistent with their experiences! Love my dentist "

Kelsi Faletic

"Amazing team! I really can't say enough about Greenwood Dental Smiles and their entire staff. They're always super friendly and do phenomenal work. Due to my refusal to floss regularly I’ve given them a few small “projects” over the years beyond just routine cleanings. I’m totally petrified of shots/needles but they’re some of the best in the business at guiding me through it those scenarios. If you’re looking to get some work done or just schedule cleanings, look no further. I would never go anywhere else; in fact maybe I’ll continue not flossing just so I can come back more frequently :-D"

Tom Leeper

"So glad I chose Greenwood Dental Smiles, everyone was so friendly and professional. From setting up my appointment to my cleaning and exam it was so smooth. I highly recommend!"

Aubrey Sanchez

"I have been a patient for approx 5 years. The dentists and staff are always delightful and informative. I would recommend your office to others"

Amy Larmore

"Hands down the best dentist I've been to in my 30 years. From the beginning everyone was friendly. The dental hygienist, Paige, put me at ease and was very gentle with the cleaning. The dentist was extremely nice and explained everything to me. I'm so glad I finally found a dentist that I enjoy going to."

Abby Chumin

"Wonderful experience. Staff was very friendly, teeth feel very clean. Explained procedures clearly, communicated openly and were easy to understand. "Greenwood Dental Smiles" is a very fitting name because smiles were abundant all around!"

Jared Wilson

"I highly recommend Greenwood Dental Smiles! Upon entering, I’m greeted by name- who doesn’t love that!? Everyone else I encounter is incredibly friendly and patient with all my questions. Whether I’m there for a cleaning or a different procedure everything is explained to me, step-by-step. The recently remodeled office is always clean. If you’re looking for a new dental office, Greenwood Dental Smiles is the place to go!"

Melissa Summitt

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