Your First Visit
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an initial dental visit by age 1. Dr. Joe believes age 2 for a first visit will suffice, unless there are concerns that need to be addressed including oral development or nursing issues. This visit will include the following:
- Counsel and instruct the parent about keeping your child’s teeth healthy
- Look at development and address any potential dental issues
- Answer and discuss questions in order to educate the parent on dental hygiene, timelines, and what to expect in the future
- Newborns: frenectomies to help facilitate nursing and/or evaluation and treatment of primary or natal teeth that have erupted at birth and are impeding the ability of the child to breastfeed.
We provide a positive and caring environment
We understand a child may feel apprehensive about his or her first visit to the dentist. Our staff is specifically trained in helping young children overcome dental anxiety in a positive and caring environment.
We allow parents to accompany their child during the exam or procedures to give needed comfort and reassurance. After the first visit, and depending on the age of the child, we suggest you allow our staff to accompany your child to the dental treatment area. Our goal is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. However, you are more than welcome to escort your child to the treatment room, if you believe that would be best for your child. To ensure you and your child are comfortable, our staff will explain what to expect before, during, and after the dental procedure.