Your Child’s First Visit

v-pediatricWelcome! And thank you for choosing Dentistry for Children as your child’s dental home. Since 1975, we have provided comprehensive dental care for many thousands of children. We look forward to teaching your child the importance of forming healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children be seen by their first birthday. Dental problems can begin early – especially if an infant is nursing or is bottle-fed. We believe that a thorough prevention program, which begins with educating parents, is the best way to ensure healthy teeth and a bright smile for your young child. However, it is never too late to start. We welcome pediatric and adolescent patients of any age.

If your child is no longer an infant, it's helpful if you encourage her/him to look forward to the “First Dental Visit”. Reading books together, accompanying an older sibling, or simply talking about the fun one has at the dental office can go a long way toward allaying any anxiety your child may have. We particularly ask that you refrain from using negative words, such as “shot”, “needle”, “hurt”, “drill” or “pull”. Our staff is well versed in using non-threatening, friendly yet honest terminology with your child.

We suggest you allow your child to come down to the clinical areas alone. Our staff members are very experienced in helping children overcome anxiety and dental fear. Numerous studies and decades of evidence have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own. However, if your child is very anxious and wishes for you to accompany him or her, we ask that you assist us by being a “silent partner” and allow the hygienist or doctor to establish rapport with your child.

For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

During the initial visit, we will review your child’s medical and dental history and discuss your concerns about your child’s teeth. We may recommend a few diagnostic digital radiographs. If your child is ready, we will clean the teeth, remove any calculus and apply a topical fluoride treatment. One of our pediatric dentists will perform a thorough oral examination and discuss the findings with you along with any necessary treatment recommendations. Should your child be in need of comprehensive orthodontic care, our orthodontist will be happy to provide a complimentary orthodontic examination.

We understand that a first visit to the dentist can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience (for the parent!). Please take a moment to review some of our brochures – especially our ‘Child Behavior’ brochure which has some pointers to help ensure a successful first visit.

You can view, download and print our complete new patient information packet by clicking on all the PDF files on the New Patient Forms page. If you prefer to receive our new patient information packet by mail, simply ask our receptionist when you call to make your child's appointment.

Either way, we look forward to meeting you very soon!