Ideally, your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of eruption of his/her teeth, usually between 6 months and 1 year of age. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s teeth now and in the future. Because dental problems can begin early, it is important to begin a thorough prevention program through good dental habits.
When preparing for your visit, please bring the following with you:
- Child’s parent or guardian*
- Form of photo identification
- Insurance card
- Any forms we mailed to you in advance. Forms are available to print below:
The Dentist and dental assistant will review your child’s complete medical and dental history. The Dentist will thoroughly evaluate your child’s growth and development of the head, neck and joints. This comprehensive and thorough examination will include:
- Evaluating your child’s oral hygiene
- Teaching hygiene instructions
- Taking only necessary x-rays
- Examining for any existing decay
The Dentist will explain, in detail, any treatment your child may need. We will schedule any needed treatment before you leave, or we will schedule your 6-month follow-up visit. Expect your visit to last about 45 to 90 minutes.
*Please note that the person bringing your child to their visit must be authorized to do so. For example, if the child’s grandparent or another adult accompanies him or her to their visit, that person must be authorized to give permission for treatment. If someone other than the parent or legal guardian is bringing your child to their visit, please ensure that you have provided written authorization to our office in advance. We cannot provide treatment without prior permission.