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A Child's First Dental Visit

Elena Stavisky

A Child's First Dental Visit: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit occurs by his/her first birthday.  With your help, we can make this initial visit a positive experience.

Here are a few suggestions that may help to prepare your child for this visit:

  • Inform your child of the visit.  Explain to your child that the dentist wants to meet him/her.  Present this visit as an exciting experience for both your child and yourself.  This will help to convey good feelings to your son/daughter.
  • Tell your child that we will count, brush, and take pictures of his/her teeth.  We explain the exam to the child in these terms.
  • Be POSITIVE about this experience.  Please avoid negative words such as hurt, shot, needle, or pinch.  The dentist is a person who “helps your teeth” and does not “hurt your teeth”.
  • Please discuss dentistry honestly with your child.  If they ask questions, answer them or please ask the child to ask a member of the dental team when they are at the office.
  • Bring only the child that is to be seen for the dental visit if at all possible so that the parents and the staff can concentrate on that child’s needs.
  • We welcome the parents’ presence during the exam appointments.  However, for treatment procedures will be evaluated on an individual basis. 
  • If your child requires dental treatment, we kindly request that the child is accompanied to the treatment rooms with a staff member.  We are all highly experienced in helping a child to overcome anxiety.  Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be too concerned if the child exhibits some negative behavior.  This is normal and will be overcome in time.  Studies and experience have shown that children react more positively when they are able to experience the dental visit on their own in an environment specifically designed for them.  Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome any apprehension.

What to Expect

For your information, the FIRST visit at the office will include the following:

  1. Meeting Dr. Stavisky and her staff
  2. An orientation to the dental office
  3. Examining the erupted teeth for cavities, the gums for infection, and other mouth abnormalities
  4. Evaluation of the occlusion (the way the teeth fit together)
  5. Checking for sufficient room for the permanent teeth
  6. Determining the effects of childhood habits (thumb sucking, pacifier use, etc.)
  7. Cleaning of the teeth, flossing, scaling (if necessary) and fluoride treatments
  8. Obtaining x-ray films (as needed) for diagnostic purposes (detecting decay between the teeth, bone position, and location of teeth).  We have the newest and safest digital equipment that makes this part of the visit extremely fun and easy.  We follow the guidelines set forth by both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
  9. Consultation on diet and home care which consists of tooth brushing techniques, tooth paste use, flossing, fluoride treatments, and management of oral habits. 
  10. A treatment plan will be formulated for the comprehensive care of your child and discussed with you.