What to Expect
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen by age one. This is a simple visit that will be over quickly. We’ll look into the child’s mouth, count the teeth, make sure everything is advancing properly and answer any questions you might have.
This is the perfect time to discuss issues related to taking care of their teeth at home. We’ll consult with you about the child’s diet, bottles, sippy cups, and brushing, and how they all affect their oral hygiene. You can also help the visit be a more enjoyable and positive experience by telling your child that during this first visit we’re only going to talk to him or her about taking care of their teeth.
We can also provide a range of materials that answer any questions about future visits, x-rays, sealants, fluoride, and the eruption of your child’s teeth.
To save time, please complete the new patient forms and bring them with you on your first visit to our office.
We strive to make this a fun and pleasant visit for you and your child. You can download our Dental Fun Kit and find new ways to get them excited about their appointment.
The First Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
Your child should come in for his or her first dental cleaning at around the age of three. You are more than welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area, but we do ask that you be an interested bystander and allow the Dental Hygienist and Dr. Hedrick or Dr. Tujios to talk with your child. This way, we can help your children understand that there’s no reason to be frightened and why it’s so important to keep their teeth this clean.
During this visit, we will do a complete exam, dental cleaning, and fluoride treatment. We may also take x-rays if the situation calls for it.
We’ll show your child each of the tools we’re going to use and explain what they do. It’s called the “tell, show, do” method, and we’ve found that it’s an effective way to use positive reinforcement and make sure the entire visit goes well.
We want to make this a memorable and comfortable experience for you and your children, so at the end of the visit, one of our doctors will take some time to speak with you while a hygienist or dental assistant takes your child to the play area until you’re ready to leave.
Our goal is to make this a happy, fun visit while also helping your child see that going to the dentist is not scary.
We offer a one-hour courtesy consultation to identify your specific orthodontic needs. At this visit, we aim to determine either short or long-term orthodontic needs for you or your child. Our goal is to educate you every step of the way and help you understand all treatment options available to you. We have visual aids to show you what orthodontic appliances look like and how they work.
You will be greeted by our Dental Concierge who will get you acquainted with our office. Our New Patient Coordinator will take a series of photographs and x-rays (panoramic and cephalometric) to facilitate an initial diagnosis or to establish a baseline for future treatment and growth. Once completed Dr. Johnson will perform a thorough orthodontic examination.
One of three determinations will be made:
- Treatment is needed now. Your orthodontic needs will be identified and explained as well as the possible treatment modalities that can be employed to make corrections.
- Treatment is not needed at all.
- Treatment will be needed, but the timing is such that it should be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption, or other factors are monitored and reconciled.