First Visit

Our practice aims to deliver the best dental care for children possible.

At 4S Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, it’s our goal to provide children with a great head start on developing a lifetime of healthy teeth and healthy habits.

We understand that as a parent, you have all sorts of things that you have to plan and worry about, which is why we’re glad to take over the role of your child’s dental health advisers. As your trusted pediatric dentist, we’ll be glad to help with any and all of your dental health concerns for your child when you bring him or her in for their first visit.

The Importance of Your Child’s First Dental Visit

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. The AAPD defines the dental home as “the ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family centered way.”

In other words, you should bring your child to their first dental appointment before they’re 12 months of age so that they can begin a healthy, happy relationship with their dentist. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

Preparing for Your Child’s First Visit

The first thing you should do is talk to your child about what to expect beforehand. Make sure not to make too big of a deal about it or get too nervous; children tend to pick up on your nervousness and it can make them anxious as well. Let your child know that we’ll simply be looking inside his or her mouth and we’ll also spend some time talking to you two. It may be helpful to bring a snack, a toy, or something that will help ease your child’s mind during the visit.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” Our pediatric dentists and staff make a practice of using words that convey the same message without frightening your child.

If you have other kids, it’s best if you’re able to leave them with someone else or possibly even bring another adult with you to the appointment so that you can focus solely on your child’s oral health.

What to bring?

On your first visit to our office, please bring:

  • Your insurance card
  • Our First Visit Packet already completed.

New patient dental forms