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When it comes to getting children to do things, there are certain tasks and activities that are easier than others. Getting them to do chores and homework may be difficult, but getting them to take care of their oral health does not have to be.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all children visit the dentist by their first birthday. This may seem incredibly early, but the benefits are two-fold: 1) it allows your child to become exceptionally familiar with the dentist’s office from a very young age, and 2) it gives your dentist accurate oral history of your child’s mouth.

But even before you take your young child to the dentist, there are things that you can do at home to help your child comfortable going to the dentist.

  • From the time your child’s first tooth erupts into his mouth, begin wiping his tooth and gums with a damp washcloth. Not only will this feel good on teething gums, but it will help your child become familiar with fingers being inside his mouth. It will also do a little cleaning to wipe away bacteria from the tooth and gums.
  • As soon as your child can sit up well on his own, get a child’s soft-bristled toothbrush. You will want to always remain with your child while he has the toothbrush, but allow him to chew on it and play with it. Not only will your child do a little cleaning to his teeth and gums, but he will be familiar with a toothbrush from the very start.
  • Give your child breastmilk/formula and water only to drink. By limiting what your young child drinks, you are preventing the early formation of cavities. As soon as the first tooth erupts through the gums, it will be vulnerable to damaging bacteria. You will significantly reduce any dental scraping at the dentist’s office by limiting your child’s diet to breastmilk, formula, water, baby cereal, fruits, and vegetables.

As you see, there is not much that needs to be done to prepare for your child’s first dental appointment. Simply making healthy dietary choices and helping your child become used to simple dental tools will do wonders.

Contact Engineered Smiles today to schedule your child’s first appointment. We look forward to serving you and your family.

Posted on behalf of Engineered Smiles

670 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068

Phone: (678) 801-6700

FAX: (678) 903-2428


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Tuesday: 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM - 5PM
Thursday: 8AM - 3PM
Friday - Sunday: Closed

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    Absolutely love this place, I’ve been coming here for the last two years. I didn’t have insurance when I first started, and they had a great payment plan that they were able to let me work with. I see Jennifer, and she is the absolute best! Dr. Wang and his entire staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful. I will continue coming back to this location for years to come come!

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    Like most people I don't particularly enjoy going to the dentist. The staff, hygienists, and Dr. Wang himself make this practice the best one I have ever gone to. I have been I patient for over a year now. I recently made the decision to get a filling from another dentist redone. That filling had me terrified because my last dentist didn't properly prep me. I told Dr. Wang and he listened very attentively and took the necessary steps to make sure I was properly numbed and fixed my filling and I didn't feel a thing! The shop itself is very clean and organized. It's and old Bank building and they cleverly used the value for the X-ray room. A big shout out to Jennifer for being great and very gentle with my cleanings. Also, the office manager Autumn, for always working with insurance for me and getting the financials as low as possible without me having to ask. I have recommended several people to this practice and all have had great experiences and continue to go back. This practice is absolutely worth checking out!

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    Dr. Wang and his amazing technology create incredible results. I have had an implant and a crown and they are perfect replicas of my original teeth, only healthy. Also, the work was efficient and practically pain free!! He and his support staff are all kind and gentle. This practice is highly recommended both by me and by my husband!

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    Dr Wang went above and beyond to make sure I thoroughly understood his proposed treatment plan for a front tooth implant. He spent almost an hour on the phone with me addressing all my questions and concerns and outlining his reasons for choosing a particular method or timeline. He was patient and specific. The following day he spent even more of his time demonstrating some of the incredible technology he would be using to ensure success of the procedure. He is incredibly smart and his engineering knowledge seems to be coming in handy!! Wonderful dentist with a broad range of talent!

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    I’ve continued to use Dr. Wang as my dentist for several years and have always been more than happy with him. His staff is excellent and Jennifer, my dental hygienist, was friendly and did a great job. Dr Wang is always thorough and takes the time to answer all the questions I have - I trust him and continue to refer friends, family and coworkers to him and they have always been happy to say the least!

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    I could not get my regular dentist and Dr Wang popped up on Google as if by magic! I have a severe phobia about dentists but the glowing reviews about Dr Wang and his staff gave me courage to make that call after years of putting off the dentist. I was still anxious as I arrived for my appointment (I would not have gone but for the pain I was in) Dr. Wang was so personable cheerful and took his time explaining the procedure. He was very gentle. Even though I can't remember their names I can't say enough about his staff who displayed the same patience and encouragement. No one has paid me to do this review. It's all my true feelings. Dr Wang you have a patient for life in me

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    670 Johnson Ferry Rd
    Marietta, GA 30068

    (678) 801-6700

    (678) 903-2428

    Opening hours:

    Monday: 9AM - 6PM
    Tuesday: 8AM - 5PM
    Wednesday: 8AM - 5PM
    Thursday: 8AM - 3PM
    Friday - Sunday: Closed