First Pediatric Dental Visit

Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care. We understand that your child may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to children’s needs and it is our goal to make your child feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible.

Your first visit is all about your child: his or her comfort, happiness, and health

At the beginning of your child’s first visit, we will review his or her dental and medical history. Then Dr. Abbey will explain that she is going to “count” your child’s teeth and show your son or daughter her mirror. If your child is under the age of 3, we will likely do what is called a “lap exam.” You’ll hold and comfort your child while sitting knee to knee with Dr. Abbey. As patients get a little bigger, we will show them how to take a ride in our dental chair.

After the exam, we may clean and polish your child’s teeth. We also recommend a fluoride treatment at check-up appointments to help prevent decay. If necessary, we’ll take “pictures” or X-rays of your child’s teeth using our digital X-rays. Finally, Dr. Abbey will create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have.

Bring your smile, but also remember to bring these with you to your child's first appointment

  • Your completed patient information form
  • Your insurance card

Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!

The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.


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