What to Expect at Your Child’s First Visit
Your child’s first dental experience begins with their initial visit to our office — so this exam is very important to us!
We spend this time getting to know your child while providing caregivers with preventative at-home strategies. The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths stay throughout their lives. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first dental check-up takes place after their first tooth appears or by the time they turn one.
Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues down the road.
At Kids are Great Dental, we want your child’s first experience meeting our dental staff to be a positive one. To that end, we take every possible step to create a welcoming environment and to make your child feel comfortable and confident.
When you arrive at our office
You will be greeted by one of our front desk staff members, who will check you in and then a dental assistant will escort you and your child to one of our comfortable and child-friendly consultation rooms.
Our consult rooms are cozy and filled with toys, books, and videos to keep your little one entertained and distracted.
The rooms are private and our doctors provide parents with ample time to discuss questions, concerns, medical information, and other pertinent information about your child, such as past experiences, taste preferences, sensory or sensitivity issues, special needs, etc.
It is important for us to get to know your child and to understand their likes and dislikes, as it relates to their time in our office. We want to establish a relationship of trust with your child and your suggestions during this consult help us to make the correct choices for your child’s exam, ensuring a positive and pleasant first dental experience.
Our dental exams
Once in the exam room, we spend some time discussing our age-specific programs for brushing, flossing, and fluoride treatments. We talk about bottle and pacifier weaning, teething and/or best practices for dental trauma.
Dr. Lodolini or Bianchi will provide your child with a thorough cleaning, using flavored toothpaste that your child selects. After the cleaning, your pediatric dentist exams your child’s mouth and lets you know if there are any concerns or issues.
All treatment decisions are based purely on the patient’s needs. For example, some patients require dental radiography (x-rays) while others might not. We take a conservative approach when deciding treatment for our patients and no procedure is done without a parent or caregiver’s permission.
Once your child’s exam is complete, the dentist will provide you with take-home tips and a preventative and treatment plan (when necessary) for your child. He or she will also go over how important it is to create a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health through regular dental visits, eating a balanced diet, and good oral health habits.
For older children, other preventive treatment strategies discussed include sealants, fluoride varnish, sport mouth guards, and/or early diagnosis of orthodontic problems.
Our philosophy is to provide dental care to our patients with the care, kindness, and respect we would expect for our own children. We feel communication is of utmost importance for parents and children as well.
Do you have any questions about your child’s oral health or would you like to schedule your child’s initial comprehensive exam? Call our office at (914) 242-2000 or click here to book your child’s first appointment today!