Welcome Info for First Appointment
We would like to thank you for choosing our office to provide your child’s dental care. Now that you have arranged for your child's first visit to our office, there may be some questions you would like to ask us. Below, we have answered the most common questions parents ask and hope this will be helpful to you and your child.
1. What age should my child have their first dental visit?
The first dental visit should be at 12 months of age as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The CDC reports that decay is the most common disease in children, more common than asthma. More than 40% of children will have a cavity by the time they reach kindergarten. Having your child seen at age one will help reduce the chances of developing cavities.
2. How may I best prepare my child if this is (his/her) first visit and what is the procedure at this visit?
On the first visit, we encourage the parent to accompany the child to the treatment area. This reduces anxiety and provides a sense of security for your child. Tell your child that we will "count, clean and take pictures" of (his/her) teeth. Do not use any fear provoking words such as "hurt, drill, pull, and needle."
At this visit, a comprehensive examination of your child’s mouth will be done. Radiographs (x-rays) will be taken as necessary (not routinely) to assure a thorough and complete examination. Be assured that we will treat your child as gingerly as we treat our own. However, some children will cry, as this is a normal response to a strange situation.
3. What is your philosophy of treatment?
A child’s first dental visit should be between 12-18 months of age. Our emphasis is on "prevention" both in the office and at home. We recommend regular periodic exams and cleanings as well as positive and thorough home care. Home care includes limited sweets, brushing three times a day, flossing at least once a day, preferably before bedtime and adequate amounts of daily fluoride. Because the baby teeth form the basis of the adult teeth, we will do everything possible to preserve the integrity of your child's mouth while fostering a healthy and relaxed attitude toward dental care.
4. When will the condition of my child’s teeth be discussed with me?
At the conclusion of your child’s exam, the doctor will discuss with you your child’s dental findings and provide you with any treatment recommendations. The assistant will provide you with your child’s dental report card and a treatment estimate for any recommended treatment. If there is a need for a return visit, a member of our staff will discuss options for payment and answer any questions that you may have.