Patient First Visit
Your child’s first dental visit should be scheduled about six months after the eruption of the first baby tooth and no later than the first birthday. We understand that being at a dental office is a new experience for your child. Our experienced doctors and staff are dedicated to make your child’s experience a cheerful and positive one. Our friendly staff and fun environment help your child feel safe and comfortable during each and every visit!
Infants and toddlers first visit:
We start the first visit by introducing ourselves and showing you and your child around the office in an effort to make your child comfortable in the new environment. We highly encourage the parents to accompany their children into the examination room. Often younger children will be examined while sitting on their parent’s lap. We find this examination setting more comforting to our younger patients.
Your child’s initial check up includes:
Complete review of medical and dental history.
This information is important for us to make correct diagnosis as well as a suitable treatment for your child. We often modify our recommendations based on your child’s specific needs
Complete examination of existing teeth as well as gum and other oral tissue.
Professional cleaning of their teeth depending on your baby’s level of comfort and cooperation. At times we might choose to delay the dental cleaning to the second visit if your baby is apprehensive. Our goal is to make sure that every child has a positive first experience.
Review of dental and facial growth and development.
We will go over the sequence of the baby teeth eruption for the next few months, as well as what to anticipate.
Review of feeding practices and providing age appropriate dietary recommendations.
We will review healthy snacks and drinks to reduce the risk of getting cavities in thefuture.
Evaluation of Fluoride intake.
Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to dramatically reduce dental cavities in children. The right balance in the intake of Fluoride is very important. Too much Fluoride can be damaging to the development of permanent teeth as well as the child’s general health. We will assess their Fluoride intake and make recommendations based on our assessment.
We will go over all necessary steps in caring for your child’s teeth at home, including brushing methods and toothpaste recommendations.
Oral habit evaluation
We will give you information about thumb, digit and pacifier sucking.
Older children’s first visit:
Review of medical and dental history
Complete examination of teeth and oral tissue.
This information is important for us in making correct diagnosis as well as a suitable treatment for your child. We often modify our treatment recommendations based on your child’s specific needs.
Professional dental cleaning and topical Fluoride application
Our doctors always evaluate and discuss the need for topical Fluoride application with the parents during the initial visit.
Take minimum required X-rays.
X-rays are essential in making a comprehensive diagnosis.
Review of dental and facial growth
We will review the sequence of the erupting permanent teeth as well as what to anticipate for the next few months.
Health dietary recommendations
Health dietary recommendations are discussed based on their age. Our primary goal is prevention of dental cavities through encouraging a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.
Oral Hygiene instruction.
We teach children how to care for their teeth by showing them proper brushing, flossing, and using mouth wash.
Evaluation for Orthodontic intervention.
Your child’s wellbeing is our priority. If there is a need for dental treatment, we work closely with parents to discuss and explain all treatment options.