When children visit a dental office for the first time, it marks the beginning of good oral health and habits that will last a lifetime. Healthy smiles can be an enduring part of your child’s development and adulthood. The health and comfort of baby teeth impact eating habits, the shape of their face and smile, and how adult teeth will come in. Having a healthy smile will also impact a child’s confidence in their fundamental years.
The main purpose of your child’s first visit is to relax, have some fun, and start building a positive relationship with the dentist. We speak in a kid-friendly language to describe what we’re doing and will work with your child to keep them as comfortable as possible.
At your child’s first appointment we will:
Talk and Listen
Talk to you and your child. We will explain what we do, the lingo we use, and familiarize your child with some tools. We’re not so scary after all!
We will gently examine your child’s gums, tongue, teeth and overall health. Our exam will uncover any early problem areas so we can give you personalized guidance.
We will demonstrate to your child how they can brush and clean their teeth at home. We would love to answer any questions you or your child have about dental health.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect as a new patient?
Patient comfort and convenience are important to us. We offer convenient appointment options with the goal of keeping wait times to a minimum. We use the latest dental technology for your diagnosis and treatment and to provide care that is safe, thorough and minimally invasive. We help you relax during your appointment and offer various sedation options.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Book a cleaning every 6-8 months
What causes cavities?
A cavity is a hole in your tooth which gets bigger with time. It’s important to get cavities repaired before they become more serious or lead to infection. Cavities are caused by bacteria and dental plaque and made worse by sugary or acidic foods and drink.
What's a filling?
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay to its normal strength and function. Filling a cavity prevents further decay.
Why is gum health so important?
Your mouth isn’t just your teeth. It’s a whole system including teeth, tongue, gums, joints, bone and more. When one aspect of your oral health suffers, your whole mouth suffers. Swollen, itchy, sore or bleeding gums can be an early indicator of much more serious problems.