Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all agree that a “Dental Home” should be established for every child by their first birthday. Children who have a “Dental Home” are more likely to receive appropriate preventative and routine oral health care.
The first visit is designed to introduce your family to our practice and get a full medical, dental and overall health history for your child. We will discuss any of your concerns, both medically and socially, that you feel would be beneficial in helping us make sure your child is comfortable and enjoys their appointment. This is why we always invite parents to accompany their child to both the hygiene and treatment areas.
The initial visit will include a comprehensive exam (tongue, throat, gums, teeth, complete cavity check), cleaning and fluoride treatment, x-ray (if needed) and demonstrate simple home brushing and flossing techniques.
Dr. Bright will outline a customized oral health prevention plan and treatment approach. This is an opportunity for us to discuss what to expect in the months and years to come and important topics such as nutrition, thumb sucking and pacifier habits.
Prior to your child’s very first visit, it can be helpful to explain to them that Dr. Bright will “count your teeth, check your smile and check for ‘sugar bugs’ in your mouth”. Our office makes a practice of using pleasant, fun words such as these that help reduce dental anxiety.