Your Child’s First Visit
A child’s first trip to the dentist should not feel intimidating or threatening in any aspect. At our office, we do our absolute best to create a welcoming, family-friendly environment for our patients so that you feel right at home when you visit. We want your child’s first visit to be nothing less than a positive experience. At our office, we use proven behavioral techniques that ensure your child feels comfortable and relaxed. The techniques we use include nonverbal communication as well as positive reinforcement to benefit your child’s experience during their dental appointment.
We always encourage the parents of our patients to help prepare their child for their first visit by informing them that our doctors and staff members are there just for them – to be a friend and answer any questions they may have. For those of you that have children who are either anxious or have stronger gag reflexes, we offer nitrous oxide to improve your child’s visit by a technique that can be a calming way of relaxing your child. We strive to make your children feel cared for as if they were our own and it is our number one priority to provide a comfortable dentist office for your child so that all their future visits will be just as enjoyable.
When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?
The first “regular” dental visit should be no later than your child’s first birthday. At this time, we gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. We may also perform X-rays to discover decay and check the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under their gums. Along with that, we may choose to clean your child’s teeth and apply a topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure that your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Lastly and most important, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Feel free to download and print our Patient Registration form to fill out in advance for an easier check-in process.