THE FIRST VISIT
Your child's first visit is special.
This may be your child's first experience with pediatric dentistry.
If it is a regular checkup visit, we will examine the mouth and check the teeth and gums. We will check the alignment of teeth and recommend orthodontic treatment if needed.
We will evaluate their hygiene habits and give suggestions on improvement. We will do a cleaning and topical fluoride treatment. Dr. Bolar will decide if X-rays need to be taken. We will let you know beforehand.
As this visit is an easy one, we try to make it cool and fun. This helps children overcome their fears and helps them to become better acquainted with pediatric dentistry in a pleasurable manner.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE FIRST VISIT
A lot of information may lead your child to think that something is up.
Children are usually happy to know that they are going for a regular checkup.
Talk to them casually and avoid words like 'hurt', 'pull' or 'pain'. Let them know we will count and brush their teeth, give them a new toothbrush, stickers and a prize if they are good.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME
Young children do their best when seen in the day time. They get cranky when they are tired.
Appointments at the end of the day often result in bad experiences. You can help us best by making their appointment in the day time.
We will give you a doctor's excuse note for school if needed.
GOOD DENTAL HEALTH
The following steps will help your child be part of the cavity-free generation:
1. Beware of frequent snacking
2. Brush effectively twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
3. Floss twice a day
4. Have sealants applied when appropriate
5. Seek regular dental check-ups every 6 months
6. Assure proper fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products or fluoride
WHAT DOES THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY RECOMMEND?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you have your child's first dental checkup around age one.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental checkup twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.