The First Visit
The First Visit By First Birthday
Welcome to the wonderful world of pediatric dentistry and our dental practice designed specifically for children! We want you and your child to experience a lifetime of optimal oral health, and positive dental experiences.
In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics our office recommends that you schedule your child’s first dental visit by his/her first birthday. More than 1 in 4 children in the U.S. have cavities by the time they are 4 years of age. The earlier we begin dental care, the greater the chance of preventing dental problems. To prevent the development of early childhood cavities, parents need to find out their child’s risk of developing cavities, learn how to manage diet, oral hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems before they start.
Before the first visit, you will complete a health questionnaire and patient information form will be mailed to your home. You will bring this with you to your first appointment. These forms will be reviewed with you and the doctor at your child’s visit.
On your child’s first visit we will …
- Examine your child’s teeth and gums. Often due to age and behavior a “knee to knee examination “will take place so that your child feels you close by, on your lap, while we examine and provide treatment for your child.
- Clean your child’s teeth and apply a topical fluoride.
- Discuss your child’s overall oral health including; growth and development, teething, pacifier and sucking habits, cavity risk factors, trauma and accident prevention.
- Discuss feeding habits by nursing, bottle-feeding, and/or the use of sippy cups.
- Demonstrate to both the parents and the child how to properly clean your child’s teeth.
- Take x-rays if necessary.
- Make recommendations about daily home care including hygiene, diet, and fluoride use.
- Review follow-up recall schedule.
- Answer any questions you may have and discuss any treatment needs for your child.
Our goal is to have this visit be as positive as possible. Fussing or crying is age appropriate behavior for some children and does not determine a positive or negative experience.
We encourage parent’s presence during our visits, but we ask that you allow our staff to establish a rapport with your child to gain his/her trust and confidence. We ask that you are a “silent observer” during the visit so that your child can concentrate on our kind, gentle, and non-threatening instructions.
Preparation for this visit should include simple and positive explanations of the visit. Please refrain from using words and phrases like: pain, shot, drill, needle, cavity, and “it won’t hurt.”
Explain that going to the dentist is natural, and fun, and an important part of maintaining good health. If you have any questions regarding the visit, just ask one of our staff members, or tell your child to ask the dentist.
As needed during all examinations we will discuss your child’s…
- brushing, flossing, and home care
- preventive and restorative treatment needs
- growth and development
- need for an orthodontic and/or other specialty evaluations