Infant First Visit
Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by their 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for your child as possible. Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy oral habits that will last a lifetime.
We want your child to enjoy getting to know our team and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant first visit builds trust and helps your child feel at ease during future dental visits. Let your child know that we will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions they have.
In addition to a dental exam conducted while your child remains on your lap, at the first visit, we will share with you the latest available methods for keeping your child healthy and safe. At the first visit we will also discuss:
- A program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet and the timing and importance of fluoride use.
- Tooth decay risk assessment
- If age appropriate, information about Early Childhood Decay
- The latest facts about thumb sucking and pacifier habits
- What you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth
- Information on growth and development
Non-Infant First Visit
Parents should not make a big deal out of dental visits 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.
Your child's first dental visit will include:
- a comprehensive dental examination
- an orthodontic and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) evaluation
- a decay examination
- x-rays (recommended once per year based on the child's tooth decay risk or history of oral trauma
Possible Treatment Plans
You and your child may also participate in an oral disease prevention program which includes a dental prophylaxis and fluoride treatment. You and your child will be given instructions in home care techniques and supplemental fluoride application will be recommended based on your child's decay risk. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program at home with you and your child and the benefits of sealants to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!