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What Happens at the First Dental Visit?

Unless there are specific issues that need to be addressed immediately, your child’s first visit to our office will not involve much treatment. It’s more about giving your child an opportunity to get familiar with our office and our team. Sometimes, parents are encouraged to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during part of the exam, and other times we have parents wait out of the child’s view so that your child will learn to trust us and look forward to future visits.

During the exam, we will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, check your child’s bite, and examine the gums, jaws and jaw joints. If needed, we will provide a cleaning. You’ll also learn home care techniques and we will discuss developmental issues and answer any questions you may have.

Topics we will cover during your child’s first appointment:
  • Good oral hygiene practices for your child’s teeth and gums and cavity prevention
  • Fluoride needs
  • Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking)
  • Developmental milestones
  • Teething
  • Proper nutrition
  • Schedule of dental checkups (we usually recommend once every 6 months)

Be sure to complete our medical and health information forms before you arrive to save time during your appointment.

We accept most insurance plans so be sure to bring your insurance card with you. We will help to make sure you get the maximum benefit available.

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