First Visit

 

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first visitThe American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children begin regular dental visits within six months of eruption of the first tooth or by their first birthday.

 

As a parent, you play a large role in your child’s first visit. You can help to make their first visit a fun and enjoyable experience. Make sure to use positive language when discussing his/her first visit and role playing such as counting teeth together. Try not to display any anxiety that you may have about visiting the dentist. There are numerous children’s books and videos available that will help demonstrate what your child’s visit will entail. During your child’s exam, we are selective in our use of words. Our team members avoid using words that may scare your child. Please help us by not using negative words. Our intention is not to fool your child, but create a positive experience for them. Some words and phrases you and your child are likely to hear include "sleepy juice," "whistle," "wiggle a tooth," "sugar bug," "let's count the teeth," etc., to help put younger patients at ease during their exam.

 

The first visit will begin with a review of your child’s medical and dental history and an initial exam, which includes counting his/her teeth. After a comprehensive exam, any findings will be discussed with you. Dental x-rays (pictures) are taken, if necessary, to ensure a thorough exam followed by oral hygiene instructions to emphasize proper oral healthcare. If your child is 3 or older, a cleaning will follow the exam followed by a fluoride application. For optimal communication, we will explain our procedures in terms your child can understand. In order to set the tone for future appointments, we want to make your child’s first visit a great experience.

 

It is important to establish a dental home for your child with regular checkups before any dental problems occur. By starting an early preventive program, future dental problems can be avoided. By introducing your child to our office at an early age, they will feel more comfortable and be more likely to cooperate when it is time for their first cleaning.

 

Patient Forms

You may access the necessary forms to assist us with your care. Please click on the link below, print and fill out the desired form, then bring it with you to your appointment.

 

Patient Forms

Patient Forms

 

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Pediatric Dentist Daphne, AL - Dr. Kelly Jones