401 GREGORY LANE, SUITE 236, PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523 / PH (925) 363-4200

May Hayder, DDS & Bessma Hayder, DDS

Board-Certified Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry

First Visit

Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children visit the dentist by age 1.  Your infant or very young child will remain in your lap or sit with you in the dental chair, while Dr. Hayder gently performs her examination.  This is a great opportunity for you to address any concerns you may have, and places the focus on prevention and on the early establishment of healthy habits.        

An infant being examined in the lap position
An infant being examined in the lap position

Dr. Hayder is so patient with our children. She gets them to open up and say "Aah", and she gives sound advice about oral hygiene. I waited until my children were 2 or 3 before seeing a dentist--horrible mistake which I have regretted. Start going to the dentist when the first tooth breaks!

--Lily in Atwater

Dr. May reviewing toothbrushing with local preschoolers
Dr. May reviewing toothbrushing with local preschoolers

We just had our first appointment with Dr. Hayder. She spent ample time with my son and daughter and I felt that she was genuinely interested in them. She is extremely calm, gracious, understanding and re-assuring.

--Liz in Moraga

How should my child and I get ready for our visit?

We recommend approaching a visit to the dentist as you would getting a haircut, for example.  The less to-do about the visit, the better, especially if you're a little anxious about the trip.  Children are often excited about experiencing something different and new, and it's important to encourage that!  A young child's dental visit can be an opportunity for them to feel a great sense of accomplishment, therefore encouraging them to take ownership of their own oral health.