The first dental visit is a very exciting time for a child and their parents.
The first step begins at home, with you. We would like to offer a few suggestions that will ensure that your child’s first visit with us will be a positive experience for him/her. We suggest that you speak very positive and excited about their first visit and explain that we will be “counting and shining” their teeth and we may need to “take pictures” of their teeth.
Tell them that they will get to watch cartoons, play video games, and will even receive a new toothbrush and prize for “big helpers”. We also like to take a picture of your child and the doctor for them to take home to show other family members and friends what a “big helper” they were at their first dental visit.
We recommend that we see your child for their “First Appointment” around their first birthday, unless you have concerns or an emergency arises before then. You and your child will meet with our Treatment Coordinator, who will assist you through your entire first visit to our office. She will review with you your child’s medical history and any dental concerns that you may have at that time. After meeting the doctor, he/she will perform a thorough dental exam on your child. We will use the show, tell and do technique at all times so that you and your child are well aware of what is happening.
The exam includes the evaluation of the teeth and gums, a head and neck assessment and a preliminary orthodontic evaluation. We will determine if any X-rays are necessary, and discuss if a cleaning and fluoride treatment should be done at this time.
We will review our findings with you in detail, and we will do our best to design a treatment plan to fit your time and budget concerns.
When to schedule your first visit
If your child is approaching their first birthday, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
In Arizona, 34% of children have experienced tooth decay by age three.
That is why children should have their first dental exam by their first birthday. This is supported by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Consider it a “Well Baby” check-up for teeth.
The old school of thought, unfortunately still held by some doctors, was to wait until age three or even five. For many children, waiting this late may mean expensive and time-consuming dental treatment.
That is why the Arizona Department of Health Services has launched the “First Dental Visit by Age One” campaign to encourage dentists, pediatricians, and their staff to raise awareness. Preventive infant dental care is a win-win situation for doctors and patients because it helps eliminate fear of the dentist and implements dental health habits that help prevent decay. We would be happy to set-up a first dental visit in our office for your child!