Along with the Canadian and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. 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 staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let your child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and should refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle" or "drill." We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any negative feelings toward dentistry. Every appointment ends with a trip to the toy box for a job well done.
Upon arrival at our clinic, you will need to fill out our new patient questionnaire and medical history. We request that you arrive at least 10 minutes early to fill out all necessary information. This time will also allow your child to become familiar with a new environment. For your convenience, you may also download this form and fill it out prior to your visit. The form may be emailed, faxed or brought in on the day of your appointment. If your child has any special needs or concerns please let us know, along with any suggestions about how to make your child's visit the best it can be. Once we have recorded your child's dental and medical history, a complete comprehensive examination is conducted. If necessary, x-rays may be recommended, or taken at a subsequent appointment. If your referring dentist has taken recent x-rays, please bring them with you, or have them forwarded to our office. Depending on your child's needs, a cleaning may be performed, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque and stain buildup. We always spend time reviewing proper home care with you and your child. Part of our evaluation includes feedback about your child's existing dental problems, possible orthodontic needs, and proposed treatment. Our entire team works hard to make your child's visit an enjoyable one.
An important part of children's dentistry is consistency; regular six-month visits allow kids to become comfortable with the dental process, while preventing and treating early signs of decay.
By providing children and parents with the appropriate knowledge, information, and treatment, we help you to establish good oral hygiene habits, from early on in your child's life. The DentalWorks4Kids family looks forward to meeting you and your child and making your first visit an informative and enjoyable one!
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY CHILD ABOUT THE FIRST DENTAL VISIT?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first hair-cut. This will be a new experience, but it will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. You cannot hide your anxiety from a child because they can sense and feed off your emotions.
You can tell your child that the dentist will gently count and brush their teeth. Reassure your child that visiting the dentist is fun. You can also read one of several Children's Books about going to the dentist.
If your child does want some questions answered at home the following are some words or phrasing we suggest: