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 & WHAT IS MY CHILD’S FIRST “REGULAR” VISIT?

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.

FAQ

1. Insurance & Financing
We strive to provide our patients with the best quality care and we offer a variety of payment options to meet your needs.
2. What to do in a dental emergency
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we ask that you call our office as soon as possible. Whether X-rays are necessary, brackets, bands or wires come loose, you are experiencing tooth pain or loosening, we will determine a solution in a timely manner.
3. What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
When cleaning your baby’s teeth, we recommend using any soft-bristled toothbrush that has a small head and is preferably designed for infants. Clean your baby’s teeth at least once a day before you put them to bed.
4. What's the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
A pediatric dentist can be viewed as the pediatricians of dentistry. These dentists go through two to three years of specialty training following dental school, that limits their practice to treating only children. Pediatric dentists are the primary and specialty oral care providers for your infants and children through their adolescent years, including children with special needs.
5. How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents can play a big role in helping their children prevent tooth decay. The first thing they can help with is taking their children to the dentist regularly, starting with the eruption of your child’s first tooth. From there, the dentist can recommend a specific program as far as brushing, flossing and other treatments for parents to superivse and teach to their children are concerned. When home treatments are added to regular dentist office visits and a balanced diet, this can help give your child healthy habits for all of their years to come growing up.
6. How do I make my child's diet safe for their teeth?
In order to make your child’s diet safe for their teeth, we recommend that you ensure your child has a balanced diet that includes one serving of fruit and vegetables, bread and cereal, milk and dairy products and meat, fish and eggs. If you limit the servings of sugars and starches, this will also protect your child’s teeth from future tooth decay.
7. How do I prevent cavities?
Brush, brush, floss! We encourage that each of our patients brush their teeth at least twice a day, if not after each meal. On top of that, you should be flossing your teeth daily.
8. Can I accompany my child in the hygene/cleaning area?
Absolutely! We know this can be a scary thing for a child to experience for the first time, so parents or guardians are more than welcome to accompany the child in the area.
9. How do I prepare my child for their frist visit?
We recommend trying to scheudle a morning appointment because we see that children are often more alert and fresh in the mornings. We also encourage you to give your child a brief overview of what the process will be like, while encouraging them to ask us questions. We are here to help and we want to make sure they know that!
10. What should I expect for my child's first visit?
You can expect a thorough cleaning of your child’s teeth, a dental examination and X-rays. One of our dental hygenists will gently clean and examine your child’s teeth and gums which will then be examined by the dentist for a clean and polished smile.