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Your Child’s First Appointment

Whether this is your child’s first visit to a dentist or this is your first visit in our office, it is important that your child feel comfortable and begin developing a trusting rapport with the doctor and staff.

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 her staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

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”. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

For children 3 years and older, we ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. If for any reason a parent is needed in the treatment area, our staff will request your presence and assistance.

Occasionally a child may cry, which is a normal reaction to fear or a strange environment. Every effort will be made to familiarize your child with his/her new surroundings and usually the presence of other children helps alleviate any jitters. We want your child to enjoy the visit.

The first visit will be to examine and evaluate your child’s dental health, growth and development, and to determine the nature of any dental problems. Generally, diagnostic x-rays will be taken, which are a valuable adjunct for this examination. A cleaning and fluoride treatment will also be done. We will not perform any dental treatment at this visit. The findings of this examination will be discussed with you along with recommendations for care, prevention and estimated expenses involved, before any treatment is begun.

If your child is not quite ready for a “complete first visit” (x-rays, cleaning and fluoride), do not be discouraged. The doctor and her staff are trained to identify the needs of your child and adapt the first visit as necessary. Many children respond well to a “field trip” visit with lots of touching, pushing buttons and explanations. Other children are too young or too anxious to respond to any of our techniques and a quick peak in the mouth may be all we get accomplished. Crying and struggling from these patients is expected and completely ok.

Your Baby’s First Visit

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.

This is especially important for your “first” child so we can help you be comfortable with normal growth and development, feeding and oral habits. At this visit, we will check your child’s oral cavity, provide you with oral hygiene instructions and discuss snacking choices. Dental visits that are scheduled before problems develop can be kept short and help your child become relaxed in the dental environment more quickly. Our goal for your child is a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth for a beautiful smile.

New Patient Forms

For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click on the link below to print the New Patient Health History Form, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.

new patient forms

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