Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care. We understand that your child may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to children’s needs and it is our goal to make your child feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible.
When should I bring my child in for their first visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that every child visits the dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts. Bringing your child to our office for routine appointments from a young age will help you stay on top of your child’s oral health and keep you informed about their unique needs as they grow older.
What can I expect at my child's first visit?
Your first visit is all about your child — his or her comfort, happiness, and health. During your child’s first visit, we will review their dental and medical history forms, and take X-rays of their teeth and mouth if needed. The dental hygienist will discuss recommendations for diet and oral hygiene and help you establish a great at-home care routine. She will then clean and polish your child's teeth and discuss strategies for prevention of dental caries and gum disease. Then, the doctor will examine your child and discuss the X-rays, help create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have.
What things can I do to help the first visit go smoothly?
- Talk about the dentist and let your child know he/she will be meeting them soon
- Read books or watch your child's favorite show about visiting the dentist
- Show your child our website- the office, Dr. Amy & Dr. Lisa and staff pictures- so they can become familiar
- Refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "drill" or "hurt" - we do not use these words in our office
Bring your smile, but also remember to fill out all New Patient Forms on our Patient Portal and bring your insurance card or information.
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
We understand that your family has a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing for a dental visit, please remember that most appointments can last between 30 to 50 minutes.