The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and our office recommend that your child visit the dentist by his or her first birthday. You can make the initial visit to our office enjoyable and positive.
Your youngster should be informed of the visit and told that Dr. James and his team will explain all procedures and answer any questions. Please download the free customizable e-book below to help them get comfortable about their visit.
Your first visit is all about your child: his or her comfort, happiness, and health
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination.
- The first part of the new patient experience will be a visual and oral presentation of healthy and unhealthy foods that affect everyone’s teeth. Our office believes that good nutrition is one of the biggest components of exceptional oral health.
- Next, the children will pick a toothbrush and demonstrate how they brush their teeth. Our friendly dental technician will give them some advice on how to do a perfect job each time they brush. There will also be a video playing on a large-screen TV that demonstrates proper brushing and flossing habits while they brush.
- Your son or daughter will be escorted to a dental bench where he or she will have the cleaning and examination procedure explained. Depending on the patient’s age, we will employ different games, puppets, or “hands-on” play to get them comfortable before the actual procedure.
- The hygienist will thoroughly clean the teeth and Dr. James will perform an exam. X-rays may be required to detect cavities and assess the proper growth and development of the teeth.
At our office, we use the latest in child size digital X-ray equipment. We even have a new digital X-ray machine that will allow boys and girls to take difficult X-rays without gagging.
Dr. James will discuss every aspect of your child’s teeth, including proper diet, preventive measures, fluoride, avoiding trauma, harmful habits, growth and development, and general oral care.
Regular checkups are an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile!
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
We understand your family has a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing for a dental visit, please remember an appointment can last between 20 and 40 minutes.
Personalized Coloring Book
Your little one will love having his or her own personalized coloring book from the dentist, which can be used for years to come, or you can preserve it in a scrapbook or baby book. It is fun and easy to use; try it yourself by clicking on one of the coloring books below.