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Child's First Visit to the Dentist

Before Getting an Appointment

If you would like to take the next step, there are two steps that you can take care of on our website without making any phone calls!

  1. Print and Fill out our New Patient Form

  2. Tell us about your child and Request an Appointment

That's it! We will return your request by the next day of business and call you to take care of any details. Thanks for choosing us as your child's pediatric dentist!


The First Visit

Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age.  Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. This initial visit will enable Dr. Browning to evaluate your child's oral health and introduce both you and your child to proper pediatric oral hygiene. To ensure optimal dental health, Dr. Browning will discuss diet, fluoride, finger and pacifier habits, and tooth eruption.

Before the First Visit

HygieneBefore your child's first appointment, discuss the positive aspects of the visit with them, such as the importance of having healthy teeth and a good smile. You can also explain that Dr. Browning will count and take pictures of their teeth. Remember, you play a large role in your child's perception of the dental experience, so it is important to convey a relaxed and comfortable attitude toward visiting the dentist. If your child does become afraid, be reassuring. Young children often cry when faced with unfamiliar situations. Working together, we can overcome any apprehension your child may have. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our office, and chances are they will do just that!

Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist

First, we will review your child's completed health history form. Next, your child will be introduced to our dental team and invited to tour the office. Dr. Browning will then perform a head-and-neck examination, evaluate the health of the teeth and gums, and your child’s bite. Lastly, your child will receive a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment. Dental radiographs (X-rays) will only be taken if they are deemed necessary by Dr. Browning. Additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.

BrushingDiet and Oral Hygiene

We will spend time educating your child on proper tooth-brushing techniques during routine examinations. As a parent, making sure the child uses these proper brushing techniques at home is vital to the success of your child's oral health. In addition to proper tooth-brushing techniques, we recommend flossing your child's teeth to avoid cavities between teeth. We also advise you avoid feeding your child sticky foods such as fruit snacks, Fruit Roll-Ups and raisins.

Crying at the Dentist

Don't be upset if your child cries during their first trip to the dentist. This is a normal reaction to the unknown.  We are specifically trained to help fearful children through their dental experience. In fact, crying actually helps us see the inside of a child's mouth better. As your child matures, trips to the dentist should encourage their independence and promote their self-esteem.