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First visit experience

We are looking forward to welcoming your family. Your visit is an opportunity for all of us to become acquainted so we can develop a positive relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.

We sincerely trust that you and your child will find the first visit and all visits to our office comfortable and rewarding. We appreciate your referral of family and friends. New patients are always welcome!

At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?

Like many new parents, you may be wondering when to bring your child in for their very first dental visit.
Along with the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that your child’s first dental visit occur by the age of one. They are as important as the early visits you schedule with your child’s pediatrician. Although this may seem early, these visits are crucial. The purpose is to examine your child’s mouth, check for decay, make sure teeth are coming in the right order, screen all the oral tissues for diseases and determine proper jaw development. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

This early appointment is one of the best things you can do for your child. Many problems, which might otherwise develop, can be prevented by this early visit

How do I prepare my child for their first visit?

Every parent wonders about how their child is going to behave at his/her first dental visit.  Remember that pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle fears and anxiety of children. We use child-friendly terms and simple explanations to describe dental instruments and procedures to avoid any negative feelings towards dentistry. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare your child:

  • The best preparation for your child’s first visit is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions and act accordingly.
  •  Talking to your children about how you go see your dentist often gets them excited about visiting “THEIR” dentist.
  • Show your child pictures of the office and staff from our web site to make them familiar.
  • Read them some books about “going to the dentist”.
  • Prepare your child in advance that someone is going to look at their mouth.
  • Do not use any fear provoking words. Rather than, “the dentist will not hurt you”; say “the dentist will count your teeth”. Refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.”  By putting your child in the proper frame of mind, you can make the first visit enjoyable and positive.

We recommend that both parents come to their child’s first visit. We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Young children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to that fear.
Following the dental examination, findings and recommendations will be discussed. We will evaluate your present home preventive care routine and exchange ideas that will be helpful to your child’s dental health. There will be plenty of valuable information given about how to effectively clean baby’s teeth, nutrition and, and what to expect during teething. We will inform you when you should start using fluoridated toothpaste. We can review specific habits your child may have such as thumb sucking and grinding and give you valuable information about these habits.
It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and team and be comfortable at all times.