Here's what to expect on your first visit!
Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
Having A Dental Home keeps your child's smile bright and beautiful through routine oral health care.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you may come with your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office fun and safe!
Here's what we do DURING YOUR CHILD'S FIRST visit.
- A gentle exam of child's teeth, gums, jaw, and head
- If time and behavior allow we will complete a thorough cleaning of mouth and gums, followed by a polish applied to each tooth.
- An interactive, easy-to-comprehend review with the child on proper tooth brushing, flossing, and overall oral hygiene techniques.
- A parent consultation outlining the best ways to improve the child's oral health, including tips for at-home oral hygiene, diet, and nutrition.
- A review of any growth abnormalities due to natural growth, injuries, or finger-sucking habits, as well as a discussion of solutions via orthodontic treatment.
- Fluoride treatment to help strengthen teeth.
- Any necessary X-Rays.
New Patient Forms
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click on the link below to print the New Patient and Health History Forms. Complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.