What to Expect at Your First
From the moment you
call us for
your first appointment, we will make
your child’s visit a pleasant one,
gaining his or her trust and
ultimately assisting you in
developing healthy dental habits.
When you first arrive at our
office, we will make your child feel
welcome with a tour of the office.
During this first visit, our focus
is on providing proper dental
education and a comprehensive oral
examination. We will recommend ways
to protect your child’s oral health
by evaluating habits, diet and use
of fluoride. Our objective is to
teach both you and your child how to
properly clean and brush his or her
We may also choose to perform a
professional cleaning, a topical
fluoride treatment, and take x-rays
if necessary. If we find that your
child requires treatment beyond a
dental cleaning, we will discuss the
treatment plan in detail with you,
making sure you understand exactly
what we recommend including risks,
benefits, and alternatives.
We find that young children
typically feel best in the morning,
so we encourage scheduling their
first appointment in the morning,
ensuring they have the best
experience possible. We recommend
that you make your appointment with
us one of the first events of your
day, making sure your child is
rested and feeling well.
It is also best to not overdo
preparation, but rather to simply
tell your child about the visit the
night before, treating it like the
highlight of the next day (see
our recommended books). Dressing up for
the visit can also help increase the
expectations of a pleasant
experience, similar to other special
events you may prepare them for.
Overall, just be sure to talk about
the visit in a positive,
matter-of-fact way, as you would any
important new experience.
If you have any questions or
concerns at all, please
office. We are here to help make it
a pleasant experience for everyone.