First Visit

Along with the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday or within six months of the first tooth erupting in the mouth. The AAPD recommends an early first visit so your pediatric dentist can review home care and oral health care instructions to prevent, rather than just treat early childhood caries. We feel that early preventive care is an essential step in preventing decay in children and ensure that every visit to the dentist is a fun and easy experience.

It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.

Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.

Parents are welcome to accompany their children for all dental visits but we encourage parents to allow children to complete the exam by themselves as they become familiar with our staff as that that builds confidence in the child’s self-esteem and allows the doctor and staff to form a closer bond to the patient.

We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!