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The First Visit

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What to Expect

  • A thorough examination of your child's teeth, gums, and mouth.
    ​Infants and toddlers will be examined by a knee-to-knee examination approach, where the child remains on the caregiver's lap.

     

  • Depending on their age, a professional cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatment.
     

  • Radiographs (x-rays), if indicated.
     

  • Practical ways to take care of your child's teeth and help lower the risk of getting cavities, including diet recommendations and oral hygiene instructions.
     

  • Tips about oral habits, including finger/thumbsucking and pacifier habits, and teething.
     

  • A discussion on how to prevent and manage oral and facial trauma.
     

  • Parents are welcome to sit with the patient for their first visit.
     

  • As your child grows, regular check-ups at 6-month intervals will allow us to monitor their development and help prevent future cavities.

How to Prepare

  • Before the visit, talk to your child about the fun and positive aspects of a dental visit.
     

  • Tell your child that the pediatric dentist is a friendly doctor who takes care of kids' teeth, and she will count and brush your teeth.
     

  • We recommend avoiding words like hurt, needle, shot, drill or other words that may create anxiety or fear.
     

  • Practice brushing and flossing at home so that your child is familiar with someone treating their mouth.

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Appointments

  • Call anytime during the weekday from 8:00am-5:00pm to schedule an appointment.
     

  • We are open, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; and select Fridays, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.
     

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your child's appointment to ensure that all paperwork has been filled out.

Insurance

  • We file primary claims for our patients with dental insurace and request payment of estimated, non-covered amounts at each appointment.
     

  • For further information regarding insurance, please visit the "Insurance" page of our website under the "Our Office" section or feel free to call our office and someone will be happy to answer your questions.

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