Your Childs First Visit
The first dental visit is the foundation of a growing relationship
between our dental office and your child. We feel it is important
that your child be allowed to become familiar with our office
environment and staff as soon as their teeth start to appear.
At the new patient appointment the dentist and staff will spend
quality time getting to know you and your child. We teach your
child to be comfortable with dentistry by explaining the procedures
and demonstrating the equipment in a fun and imaginative way.
The office visit will include a thorough oral examination, x-rays if
required, a cleaning and fluoride application.
A complete review of your child’s medical health and any special
needs or concerns will be addressed. More complicated procedures,
such as fillings, should be done at a later visit after your child has
become familiar with the office. We conclude the first visit with an office tour.
Your child will also receive stickers, a prize, toothbrush and floss, as well as an oral hygiene demonstration and nutrition counseling. You will receive a summary of your child’s oral health and future dental needs. We look forward to your visit and hope you and your child will have the dental experience of a lifetime.
Many parents want to know when their child’s first appointment should be scheduled. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child’s first dental visit should be scheduled when the first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday. We specialize in infant oral health exams and parent education. Baby teeth are needed for proper chewing, learning to talk, developing jaw muscles, and good self image. Healthy baby teeth mean a better chance for healthy adult teeth.
Our office places great emphasis on preventive measures. Cavities in baby or adult teeth may result in pain, swelling, and infection. Children with pain cannot concentrate in the classroom, may develop behavioral problems and are unable to eat properly. Without the ability to eat normally, development of the body and
brain may suffer. Regular preventive visits every six months will minimize cavities and other dental problems.