What to Expect
Our office, as well as the 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.
Our main goal during your child's first visit is to build a trusting relationship by creating a fun and stress-free environment for both parents and children.
Before your scheduled appointment, we recommend that you fill out our New Patient forms to get acquainted with our office. This will take approximately 15 minutes per child. We ask that you do this beforehand so that the day of the appointment we can focus our attention on your child's dental care needs. If you do have dental insurance, bring the card as well as your driver's license so that we may obtain a copy for our records.
When you arrive for the first visit, you and your child will be greeted by our front office staff. They will request to take a picture of your child for our records, then your child will then have the opportunity to play with iPads, toys, Playstations, or relax and read a book in our waiting area.
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.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
During the first visit we will provide a friendly, caring introduction to our dental home where lifelong relationships begin. Parents/guardians are welcome to accompany children at all times during routine visits to our office. A first visit appointment will include, but not be limited to, home care instruction, nutrition counseling, growth and development evaluation, orthodontic evaluation as well as a comprehensive exam that will outline existing dental concerns, and, of course, includes a thorough dental cleaning.
At the end of the appointment, your child will receive a bag with a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, stickers, and a coin to use in our prize machines. They will also have an opportunity to be part of our New Patient and Cavity Free Kids Clubs by filling out the raffle slip at the check-out desk.
Finally, the front desk staff will get you checked out and scheduled for your next visit. We love our patients, and can't wait to see them again and again!
Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.
Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!