The smell of “new” can hardly be missed as you walk into the Rainsville Pediatric Dental Village in Rainsville, Alabama. “New” is all around; from the fresh coat of paint down to the varnish on the dark wood flooring.
Dr. Tara Moncus began her practice in October of 2003, taking up an old office building next to the plaza where Lucky’s Supermarket is housed in Rainsville. I remember this office as being that of Dr. Homer Crusoe when I was a child. It was perfect for a beginning practice. However, being the only pediatric dentist in the area, her clientele began to increase to a point where a more spacious office was desperately needed. Since 2003, the number of patients has risen to almost 9,000. Anyone who takes their child there for regular checkups, not to mention having cavities filled, knows the wait time for an appointment is, at the very least, a month in advance. In many cases, patients have to wait longer. Dr. Moncus hopes to ease her workload by inviting another pediatric dentist to her office. There is certainly plenty of space in the new digs for an extra dentist.
Dr. Moncus and her staff opened the doors to the new office on June 8, 2009. While the staff is still trying to get a new routine down pat, there haven’t been any major concerns. Barring a few minor glitches here and there, which is custom when dealing with new surroundings (such as minor computer malfunctions the day I was there), the biggest problem the staff has faced has been the children’s apprehension. One employee told me, “They think they are going to see a different staff and a different dentist. They aren’t convinced at first glance that we all have moved to this new building.”
The first thing I noticed as I walked into the beautifully decorated waiting room, however, was the lack of toys for smaller children. There was a play room with items for older children but as the mother of little ones, I always look for something that my three and one year olds can do. But Dr. Moncus assured me that they are working on adding that element to the playroom.
According to the Academy of Dental Dentistry, children should first see a dentist around six months after the first tooth erupts which is around one year of age. Many parents are under the misconception that children shouldn’t see a dentist until they are 3 to 4 years old unless a problem arises. However, dental problems cannot be easily diagnosed before that age and should be seen by a professional in order to correct and prevent problems properly. A wait and see approach should not be a factor when it comes to your child’s health.
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Sources: Academy of Dental Dentistry