Ambrose Pediatric Dentistry is committed to making your child’s first dental visit a pleasant and comfortable experience. We understand the importance of establishing a good oral hygiene regimen early in a child’s life, and we provide children with the necessary knowledge and treatment to maintain a healthy smile.
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend establishing a dental home for your child by the time they are 1-year-old. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive.
If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, shot, pull, drill, or hurt. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination, take any necessary x-rays, and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
At a consultation appointment, it is helpful to bring past x-rays and dental records from your previous dental office. This will aid us in conducting a comprehensive exam. At this appointment, you can expect a thorough review of medical and dental history as well as an oral exam with necessary x-rays.
The dentist will then go over exam findings and treatment options. While we do not complete dental work at this appointment, we will schedule another appointment for your child to complete their dental treatment at a time convenient for you and your family.
During the initial cleaning and exam, the hygienist will complete a thorough cleaning customized to your child’s age and dental needs. If indicated, the child will have the appropriate x-rays needed for treatment planning and diagnosis. The dentist will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues.
Your child may need a fluoride treatment at the end of the appointment to prevent future cavities and strengthen tooth enamel. Our hygienist will also educate parents about oral health care basics for children, discuss dental developmental issues, and answer any questions.