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Your Dentist Visit

Your Dentist Visit with Dentistry by Design

Dental This is your first opportunity to meet our team. At this relaxed and informative appointment we will listen to your concerns, assess your problems, discuss options for treatment and answer all of your questions.

 

Friendly Reminders

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out remaining patient forms. If you have a medical condition which requires premedication, please be sure to request a prescription prior to you appointment, or if you are unsure, please contact the office.
  • Your teeth cleaning may be performed at your first visit or might be scheduled for a follow-up visit depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. Every effort will be made to complete your cleaning right away.
  • If necessary, our patient coordinator will discuss and assist with insurance and maximizing your benefits or financing options, including CareCredit or our Smile Protection Plan. Our staff works with you on payment arrangements so cost is never a deterrent to doing what is best for you or your family.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

It is generally recommended that a child be seen by a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in.

What Happens at the First Dental Visit?

The first dentist visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way. Some dentists may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the examination. The parent may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.

During the exam, your dentist will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. If indicated, the dentist or hygienist will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride. He or she will also educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions.

Topics your dentist may discuss with you might include:

  1. Good oral hygiene practices for your child’s teeth and gums and cavity prevention
  2. Fluoride needs
  3. Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking)
  4. Developmental milestones
  5. Teething
  6. Proper nutrition
  7. Schedule of dental checkups. Many dentists like to see children every 6 months to build up the child’s comfort and confidence level in visiting the dentist, to monitor the development of the teeth, and promptly treat any developing problems.

You will be asked to complete medical and health information forms concerning the child during the first visit. Come prepared with the necessary information.

When Should Children Get Their First Dental X-Ray?

There are no rules for when to start dental X-rays. Some children who may be at higher risk for dental problems (for example, those prone to baby bottle tooth decay or those with cleft lip/palate) should have X-rays taken earlier than others. Usually, most children will have had X-rays taken by the age of 5 or 6. As children begin to get their adult teeth around the age of 6, X-rays play an important role in helping your dentist to see if all of the adult teeth are growing in the jaw, to look for bite problems, and to determine if teeth are clean and healthy.