WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST VISIT?
We will spend time getting to know you and your child by reviewing the health and dental history forms and conversing. Our office has an open door policy and welcomes parents to be with their child during all procedures. To help your child know what to expect and before Dr. Anisha does the first exam and cleaning, an assistant may "tell, show and do" on a stuffed animal. We will do everything we can to put you and your child at ease. We also encourage you to talk to your child about what to expect before coming in. But, please avoid any language that might cause apprehension. For some very young children, tears may be part of the first visit because they don't know what to expect. The visit is customized to their comfort level and as the patient returns for subsequent re-care visits they become more confident and comfortable in the dental setting.
Please fill out the patient medical history form, found on the forms page and bring it with you. If you are presenting for the first visit without any forms filled out please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time so you may complete all necessary paperwork.
DENTIST VISIT AT AGE ONE?
Yes, after the first tooth or before your baby's first birthday, parents are strongly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics to take your baby in for a dental evaluation. Any tooth that has appeared has the potential for decay. Babies who are at risk for developing caries will be identified early so we can do everything possible to prevent further decay of the teeth. The knee to knee position makes the oral exam safe and efficient. Parents are taught to "lift the lip" along with other measures for prevention.
Follow up visits are scheduled according to risk of decay in your child's mouth. Three month or six month could be recommended depending on the findings. Appointments for any treatment necessary will be scheduled as soon as possible and to your convenience.