We will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
When Should I schedule my childs first dental visit?
Contrary to traditional belief, each childs first “regular” dental visit should be six months after the first teeth erupt, which often coincides with a childs first birthday. Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Dr. Lam endorses the concept of a Dental Home at Age One. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to check for cavities or to assess development of growing teeth. If most or all of your childs primary teeth are grown, we may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most importantly, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
What Should I Tell My Child About Their First Dental Visit?
We are asked this question many times. Your childs first dental visit will NOT be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. Therefore, there is no need to protect your child from any potential dread! As a general rule, the less you say the better. Prior to your first visit, our office will send your child a welcome package with an activity book. Have fun going through it with your child. Casually mention that you and your child will be visiting the dentist soon. However, please do not offer rewards or attempt to explain what will happen at the dental visit. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you!
Your initial appointment will consist of a comprehensive exam and consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, treatment can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on a separate day.
IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18 at the consultation visit.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- X-rays: If you have X-rays from a previous dentist, you may request that they forward them to our office. Please note, that we are paperless (environmentally friendly) office. Your X-rays can be e-mailed to us. Since all our imaging is digital there is no problem with taking new AND CURRENT X-rays at our office.
- List of any medical conditions you may have from you Physician and a Medical Clearance Letter.
- A list of your current medications
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring your card/information and the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.