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First Visit

Your child's first visit is often the most important.

Your Child's First Visit

When you and your child arrive at our office, you’ll go to our waiting room area to fill out paperwork. After you fill out paperwork, our staff will review your child’s health history form with you and discuss any concerns you may have. Your child will then be introduced to our dental team.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place for dental care other than the Emergency Room.

Once your child is back in a treatment area, he or she will receive a dental cleaning and fluoride, and dental radiographs (x-rays) will be taken when it’s age appropriate and when the doctors feel it’s necessary. If your child needs additional treatment, the doctor will discuss it with you in detail and the treatment will be scheduled for a later visit. You are always welcome to accompany your child to the treatment area for exams and cleanings, as this will give Dr. Jordan the opportunity to discuss any dental findings and treatment options directly with you.

Infant or Toddler’s Visit

Many parents are concerned that their infant or toddler may cry at the first visit. While we make every effort possible to ensure that your infant or toddler’s visit is as comfortable as possible, some children will still cry which is often completely normal. It is always helpful to prepare your child for the dental visit.

Here are some important hints that can make your child’s first visit a success:

  1. Get an early appointment. Children are at their best earlier in the day after a full night’s sleep; avoid appointments later in the day or just before naptime.
  2. Avoid eating heavy meals or give the child a full meal containing milk before the visit. This makes the child more susceptible to vomiting.
  3. If your child is ill or in recovery from an illness (flu/common cold, earache, sore throat, cold sore, etc.), make efforts to wait until the child has fully recovered before the child’s first appointment. Also, children who have recently had a traumatic or difficult event (vaccination, hospitalization, a bad fall/accident or even have witnessed a traumatic incident) should be allowed up to six to eight weeks to have recovered from that event.
  4. Preparation. We cannot overemphasize how well children respond to having been prepared for the visit. Talk about the planned visit, read books, watch videos and do role-play with your child. Of course, never use the visit to the dentist as a threat or punishment.
We Strive to Make Each and Every Visit to Our Office Fun!