Your First Visit

Many parents ask when they should bring their child in for their first dental check up. Our office, as well as 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. The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know you and your child, before any work is done. You and your child will be introduced to our dental team and be allowed to see the office to allow you both to feel comfortable.

We will answer questions you may have about how to care for your child’s teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials containing helpful tips that you can refer to at home. Dr Danielle will examine your child’s head, neck and mouth for proper alignment and health, and look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. Depending on the need, diagnostic x-rays may be taken to check your child’s dental development and diagnose any dental conditions. Dr Danielle will discuss with you the results of the examination and, if any, treatment recommendations. Depending on the level of cooperation, your child’s teeth may be cleaned and a preventive fluoride treatment given. Additional services will be scheduled for a later date.

Please do not be upset if your child cries. All children are different and we try very hard to gain their confidence but children are often afraid of new experiences and crying is a normal reaction to that fear. Please permit us time to develop rapport with your child. Children most often do well with gained familiarity in situations and with people.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. 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". We will explain procedures in non-threatening (age appropriate) terms that your child can understand.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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