What to Expect
At this visit, you will be requested to complete a questionnaire that helps us determine the best approach to care. Please bring a complete list of any medications, including homeopathic or herbal remedies that your child may be using. Some children also like to bring a drawing or picture of their family as a way to introduce themselves to our team.
You and your child will first be seen in a family-friendly room where you will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions. Our doctors, may request that x-rays or photos be taken. Dental radiographs help diagnose early cavities, abscessed teeth, cysts, congenitally missing teeth, and root fractures. We use digital radiographic techniques and equipment to ensure a minimum radiation exposure and the highest level of safety for your child.
We ask that you allow for at least an hour to ensure our team has the time to assess and discuss all the needs and recommendations for your child’s care. Please do not expect any treatment to be completed at this consultation. The first dental visit is always enjoyable and positive and allows us to build a relationship of trust with your child.
New parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?” The short answer is by their first birthday or sooner if there are any concerns.
The purpose of the age-one dental visit is to learn about your child’s oral health and how to best care for your child’s unique needs before any problems occur. Many dental problems can be prevented or more easily treated in the early stages. At this first visit, you will get your questions answered and start to build a relationship. It’s important to find a dentist you trust and an office where you feel comfortable.
To prevent early-childhood cavities, parents first have to find out their child’s risk of developing cavities. They also need to learn how to manage diet, hygiene, and fluoride to prevent problems. But cavities aren’t the only thing that parents need to learn about their child’s dental health.
The age-one dental visit lets parents discuss:
how to care for your infant’s or toddler’s mouth
ways to manage the risk of developing cavities
oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking and soothers
teething and milestones of development
the link between diet and oral health
how to respond to potential traumas