Child's 1st Visit
Your child's first visit will set the foundation for life long dental care at Smiles For Miles Pediatric Dentistry! According to the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) guidelines, infants should visit the pediatric dentist by the time of their first birthday. The earlier the visit, the better the chances of preventing tooth decay and many other problems.
The goals of the initial visit are:
- Establish a dental home
- Thoroughly discuss oral hygiene instructions and nutrition counseling
- Alleviate anxiety and fear of both the patient and parent
What will happen during the first visit?
At your child's initial visit, you can expect a very warm and welcoming introduction. Parents are always welcome (and encouraged) to be with the patient in the dental operatory. A thorough review of the patient's medical history, dental history, oral hygiene habits and nutrition counseling will be discussed in depth. More questions may be asked, generally pertaining to the child’s oral habits, pacifier use, general development, tooth alignment, tooth development and teething process.
For children under three years old, the exam is typically done on the parent's lap or in a knee to knee position, whichever is most comfortable for the parent and patient. Every step of the process is discussed with the child and parent, in both recare and treatment visits, to ensure there are no surprises.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s first dental visit, please contact our office.