The purpose of the first visit is to build a trusting relationship with your child while laying the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth. Ideally, the first visit takes place when your child gets eight teeth, around age one. At this appointment, the dentist and staff get to know your child, thoroughly explain all of the procedures, and answer any questions you or your child may have. Along with a general examination and cleaning, we will discuss brushing techniques, flossing, fluoride recommendations, and eating healthy snacks as beginning steps toward good dental hygiene.
As a parent, you can help make your child’s first visit to the dentist positive and enjoyable. Be sure to inform your child of the visit and its purpose, but take care in how you present it. Avoid using words that cause fear such as “needle,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” The first visit rarely requires such things, and, even should they be necessary at some point, keep in mind that pediatric dentists are trained to convey the information in a non-threatening way, helping to keep your child calm and comfortable.
When possible, we ask parents to remain in the reception area for the first appointment. Experience has taught us that this helps the child to focus on the dentist and staff, creating the ideal environment for us to begin building a secure and comfortable relationship. When a parent is needed to accompany their child, we ask that only one parent come back and that he or she simply observe silently.
We look forward to serving you and supporting the long-term dental health of your child.