We know that parents and caregivers want the best for their children and good oral health care is key to overall health and well-being! Smile Reef wants to partner with you and be the home base for your child’s oral health needs. We want to be your dental home!
But what is a dental home? A dental home is an ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient. It includes all aspects of oral health care, given by the dental home in an accessible, comprehensive and family centered way. A dental home is a familiar and comfortable place for both children and parents to access information on oral healthcare and guidance. It is also a place to help children learn good dental care tips and habits and where parents can receive personalized guidance and advice on what they can do at home between visits to encourage children to have optimal oral health.
The establishment of a dental home is a cost-effective and higher quality health care alternative to emergency care situations because children that have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care! Even though it is recommended to establish your dental home by age one, fortunately it is never too late!
Smile Reef wants to keep little teeth healthy in the Vegas Valley. Following are some important reasons why you should consider choosing Smile Reef to be your dental home:
• Cavity Prevention – Nearly 60% of children have tooth decay by age five but nearly 100% of this tooth decay is preventable. As your dental home, Smile Reef will ensure that you have the knowledge and tools you need to help your kids maintain healthy teeth and prevent these unnecessary cavities.
• Emergency Assistance – No matter whether your child chips a tooth or knocks one out entirely, Smile Reef are here for you in emergency dental situations. We know your child’s dental history and your child knows us. They will feel more comfortable coming to us for emergency dental care than some place they are not familiar with.
• Specialized Training – Dr. Jaren Jensen has the highest level of training a pediatric dentist can achieve. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science, Dr. Jensen graduated at the top of his class at Creighton University School of Dentistry. After earning his D.D.S, Dr. Jensen specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Southern California and completed his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. All of this specialized training and experience includes child psychology and behavioral concerns, growth and development, and diverse special health care needs.
• Welcoming Environment. Our Smile Reef office is totally kid friendly and family oriented because making kids feel relaxed and comfortable is a top priority for us. Our office was purposely designed to be calming and inviting for children. What kid would not look forward to visiting an office with our interactive play area; ipads at their disposal, lots of toys and games and a big screen movie area. We also have a cool salt water fish tank and surfboard with waves! Our kid-friendly environment includes sinks that are at eye-level for young children and we have special dental chairs for children that are smaller in scale so that when children climb up, they don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated. The furniture matches the child. We also talk to children in child-friendly vocabulary. We make word substitutions and we vary the tone of our voices so that we can remove anything that sounds as if it would be scary or uncomfortable. And we always involve the parent. We will often have the parent put the child in their lap or have the parent sit right next to them to make them feel comfortable and safe.
By choosing Smile Reef as your dental home, you will have a trusted partner to help keep your child’s teeth healthy, now and in the future.