We follow the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that your child be scheduled 6 months after the eruption of their first tooth or no later than their first birthday. This appointment should be fun and exciting giving us a chance to build trust and understanding with your child. Dr. Mike will spend as much time as it takes to ensure a happy visit and develop the most appropriate treatment plan for your child. These appointments are important to:
- Introduce your child to the dentist and ease anxiety for future dental visits.
- Review preventive concepts which include diet and oral home care.
- Evaluate growth and development of your child’s smile.
- Identify cavities or those at high-risk for cavities early.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I prepare my child for their 1st dental visit?
It is normal for children to be anxious about their first visit to the dentist. Dr. Mike and his staff have special training in helping make children more comfortable during their appointment. Sometimes parents can make their child more anxious by trying to prepare them too much. Let us do the work and we’ll let you relax.
Can I schedule several children at the same time?
Absolutely. We love treating siblings at the same time and this can often make the appointments easier and faster for everyone.
What should I bring to my first visit?
Please bring your insurance information. If you have the opportunity, please review and complete the first visit forms. This will allow you more time to talk with the staff and enjoy our beautiful office.
What will happen on the first visit?
During the first visit, Dr. Mike and his staff will take the time to build a trusting relationship with your child and introduce him/her to all our fun instruments and toys before completing the exam and cleaning. Beware, Dr. Mike and his staff are like “big kids” and love to play with not only the children, but also the adults.