The first "regular" dental visit should be before your child's first birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the examination. Depending on the age of the child the parent may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
We will gently examine your child's teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child's permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child's teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will come get you when the dentist is ready to do his exam, and we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. If at any point your child needs anything during the appointment, rest assured we will come get you from the waiting room. We have a “no restraint” office policy and that is for all of our patients including children and special needs.
What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child's reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
Here are some "First Visit" tips:
Take your child for a "preview" or online tour of the office.
Read books with them about going to the dentist.
Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
Speak positively about your own dental experiences
During your first visit the dentist will:
Examine your mouth, teeth and gums
Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
Check to see if you need Fluoride
Teach you about cleaning your teeth and gums
Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
Improved Numbing Techniques
All dentists have different ways to numb their patients. Our doctors have mastered the art of numbing and many patients-including children- do not even know that they have been numbed. We try to be as gentle as possible and you will notice that we do not use the word “shot” in our office and we appreciate it if parents also refrain from telling children they will receive a “shot”. Many times if children do not expect a “shot”, they will not know they have had one. We are glad you are here today and will be as gentle as possible while helping you.