Your First Visit

Preparing For Your Child’s First Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child should visit the dentist by his or her first birthday. Your child’s first visit to the dentist is very important as you, your child, and Dr. Thobaben or Dr. Bowen begin working together to build healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime! Our goal is to build a relationship with your child that will last for years in a trusting, comfortable environment. There are a number of things you can do to help create positive experience. First, let your child know that the dentist is a friend and is there to help them take care of their teeth. Second, explain that, during the visit, the dentist will “brush”, “count”, and “take pictures” of their teeth. Finally, please refrain from using words that may cause any unnecessary fear or anxiety. The words “shot”, “hurt”, “needle”, “pull”, and “drill” do not exist in our office. We are experts in explaining dental treatment to children, and we have developed a specialized language to describe our procedures to children in non-threatening ways.

The First Visit

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time in order to fill out all appropriate initial paperwork. This will help eliminate any delay and help us stay on time for your first appointment. We take pride in the fact that we see our patients on time, and make every effort to do so out of respect for your time. We also ask that you respect our schedule and be on time for all appointments so that we may better serve you and your child.

The infant oral health exam, at the age of one, provides valuable information about how to take care of your baby’s teeth, how to keep them healthy and cavity free, and how to assess normal dental development. At this first visit, we will perform an exam to evaluate your child’s dental growth and development. We will also complete a cleaning and topical fluoride, as individually needed. We will also review proper brushing and flossing instructions, as well as, bottle/sippy cup use, oral habits, and nutrition.

Older children will also have an enjoyable first dental visit! We will use a “Tell-Show-Do”, technique to allow your child to see, touch, and understand every object he or she will come in contact with during this visit. Our staff uses age appropriate language that will help your child grasp dental ideas. Your child will have an oral exam, receive x-rays, and have a dental cleaning with fluoride treatment. Parents will receive nutritional and diet counseling, as well as, home care instructions for the child’s oral hygiene. Finally, at this visit, we will make sure that all questions from parents have been answered concerning their child’s dental health and any proposed treatment. In our office, we greatly appreciate the trust that each parent puts in us as we care for their children, and we want to make sure all questions and concerns are addressed.

At the conclusion of the visit, each child will receive a prize from the treasure chest, stickers, and praise for the things they accomplished. We work hard to reinforce positive behaviors and create an overall fun experience for every patient at the end of the first visit.