YOUR FIRST VISIT
Early Education can Make a Difference
During your first visit to our office we want to take the time to get acquainted and gather information. We cultivate a relationship with each of our patients, which not only ensures better children’s dental care, but also turns a visit with our doctor and team into a visit between friends. Our staff looks forward to enjoying a long-term relationship with both you and your children.
Your Questions Answered
At what age should I start to bring my child to the dentist?
The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first visit by age 1 or 6 months after the first tooth has erupted. This will establish a dental home for your child. These early visits allow your child to become comfortable with the dentist at an early age and teach parents proper techniques to care for your child’s teeth. Prevention and education in dental care are two of the best treatments we can offer.
How do I prepare my child for their first visit?
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. Please convey to your child that going to the dentist is a positive experience. Try to avoid using words like “needle” and “shot” as this may cause unnecessary fear or anxiety. If your child has a favorite toy or blanket that comforts them, please bring it with you to the visit. We check the teeth of dolls and stuffed animals too. Families are always welcome to stop by for a tour as well. Our friendly team is happy to show your child around.
Can I stay with my child?
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay with their child during the exam. This gives us the opportunity to communicate directly with you about your child’s dental health. If subsequent visits are necessary, we welcome one parent back in the treatment room. We explain everything in an age appropriate manner so your child learns while having fun.
What is the first visit like? What if my child is anxious or fearful?
The first visit is designed to be educational and fun with an exam, cleaning, fluoride and/or x-ray (if indicated). We will review proper home care and diet. Our specialized staff and Dr. Garrett will spend time talking with you about your child and any concerns you might have. Parents are welcome to sit in the chair with their child if they are anxious for the exam. If necessary we offer nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, and IV sedation for future dental treatment. Our goal is for your child to have a positive dental experience.
Dr. Garrett is always available to talk to parents about any specific needs.
What happens at the exam?
At every exam we will review your child’s health history; take any necessary x-rays; clean your child’s teeth; conduct a thorough clinical examination of your child’s mouth, palate, gums, tongue and teeth; and teach them about good food choices and how to brush and floss their teeth.
After every examination, we provide parents with essential information about your child’s dental health:
- An assessment of your child’s risk for decay;
- An evaluation of your child’s soft tissues and gums;
- An evaluation of your child’s bite and dental growth; and
An assessment of your child’s oral health as it pertains to his or her overall health including suggestions about nutrition.