First Dental Visit to a Pediatric Dentist – What to Expect
At Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry we recognize that every child is unique and we have designed our office with just that in mind! Our goal is that from the moment you and your child meet our front desk staff until the end of your visit you feel at home, welcomed, understood, and comfortable in our office.
The purpose of the first dental visit is to establish a positive relationship with your child and to evaluate your child’s dental health while laying the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy gum and teeth.
Ideally, the first dental visit takes place when your child gets their first teeth around the age of one. At this appointment, the pediatric dentist and dental staff will get to know your child, thoroughly explain all of the procedures and answer any questions you or your child may have. Along with a general examination and teeth cleaning, we will discuss brushing techniques, flossing, fluoride recommendations and diet as beginning steps toward good dental hygiene.
For parents, you will play a big part in making your child’s first dental visit to the dentist positive and enjoyable. We always encourage parents to inform your child of the visit and its purpose, but also to take care in how you present this information. Below is a link to our welcome letter that will provide examples on how to have a successful conversation with your child. Please also make sure you have your new patient forms:
Your child’s first dental visit will rarely require the use of what most parents consider “negative” things, such as “drills, hurting, pulling”. Even if a future visit deems treatment necessary, Dr. Laura, a trained pediatric dentist, and her experienced team will convey the information in a non- threatening way, helping to keep your child calm and comfortable.
During the examination appointment your child will meet Dr. Laura and members of our team. If a cleaning is due, our hygienist, Tiffany, will be glad to offer one to you. She has extensive experience and is fantastic with first dental visits and young children. Dr. Laura will examine the erupted teeth for cavities, the gums for infection and any other mouth abnormalities. She will evaluate the way your children’s teeth come together (the occlusion) and check for sufficient room for the permanent teeth to erupt. She will also evaluate the effects of any childhood habits such as thumb sucking, use of a pacifier, or prolonged use of a baby bottle. At the end of the visit, Dr. Laura will discuss all of her findings and any dental issues pertinent to protecting the well-being of your child’s oral health. She will also develop a treatment plan if necessary.
A copy of the treatment plan will be provided to you, and any questions or concerns can be discussed with our treatment plan coordinator, Suzanne.
If you have any billing questions, our billing specialist, Kathy, or our manager, Rebecca, will be glad to help you.
We look forward to serving you and supporting the long-term dental health of your child. Dr. Laura is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is currently accepting new patients. We are conveniently located in the city of Watertown!
Call today to schedule an appointment at (315) 681-6818.