Your First Visit

Getting an early start on dental care is a critical step on the road to teaching your child lifelong healthy habits.  Pleasant visits early on establish trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime.

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry all recommend that your child establish a dental home by his/ her first birthday. Our goal is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them and you how to care for their teeth.

Introducing the Visit to Your Child

You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive.  We find that it’s best to not attempt to “over prepare” them for their visit. Simply talk to your child briefly to let them know where they’re going in advance.  Be sure to tell them that the dentist and staff are here to make sure they have a healthy, happy smile, and that we’ll explain all procedures and answer any questions they have.

First Visit Objectives

Your child's first visit will begin with an introduction to the office and our staff.  We then review the child's medical and dental history, and do a comprehensive examination.  We discuss good oral hygiene practices for teeth and gums, take necessary x-rays, and complete a cleaning and fluoride treatment.  Children under age three do not usually require x-rays or a tooth cleaning.

During the examination, we check all of your child's existing teeth for decay, examine your child's bite, and complete a check up on the gums, jaw and oral issues.  We thoroughly review our findings with you, make recommendations, and answer your questions.

We invite you to be present with your child during all of their visits to our practice.