What To Expect
From the moment you walk in the front door until the time you leave, you will experience our "care about you" feeling. Our staff is committed to making you and your child feel special.
Our staff will be sure your child receives the best care possible and that your dental needs are met fully. Your child will receive a thorough dental examination including an orthodontic evaluation. Each procedure will be discussed and your permission given before treatment will begin.
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click on the following links to print the new patient forms, complete the information and bring them with you to your first visit.
Starting at Age 1
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place
other than the Emergency Room for parents.
Pleasant First Visit
When the child is seen at one year, the first visit can be pleasant and uneventful, introducing the child and parents to the dental office. Emphasis is on the developmental assessment of the child’s oral health. Caries (tooth decay) or developmental disturbances can be managed early. Fluoride varnish may be applied to counteract beginning decay on newly erupted teeth.
Five Steps for Baby's First Dental Visit
by Age 12 Months
- Complete medical history
- Knee-to-knee exam with guardian
- Note clinical dental caries
- Soft tissue irregularities
- White-spot lesions, tongue anatomy
- Enamel decalification, hypoplasia
- Dietary staining
Caries Risk Assessment
- Bottle or breast fed at night on demand
- Non-water in bedtime bottle
- Decalcification/caries present
- No oral home care
- Sugary foods, snacks
Diet Counseling for Infants
- No juice or milk in bed
- Sippy cups can encourage decay
- Avoid sugar drinks, sodas
- Encourage variety and a balanced diet
- Low-sugar snacks
- Fluorides – topical and systemic
Oral Home Care for Infants
- Brush/massage teeth and gums 2x daily
- Small, soft toothbrush
- Tiny amount of toothpaste, with Fluoride
- Guidance on thumb sucking, pacifier
- Response for home accidents, trauma
- Based on Risk Assessment
- At age one year
- Two years if delayed in development