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First Visit: What to Expect

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist after the eruption of their first tooth or by your child’s first birthday.  This first appointment with us is equivalent to a “well-baby check-up” at the pediatrician. -This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way. Our team will spend time with you and your child to discuss oral health, to provide education in dental developmental issues, and to answer any questions you or your child may have. We will review your child’s health history, dental history and risk factors for cavities. During the exam, we will check your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. We will also clean the teeth and apply fluoride.

Be sure to remind your child that Dr. Spatz and her staff will be friendly and they will explain all procedures and answer any questions. When talking to your child about her or his visit to the dentist, please try not to use words that may seem scary, such as “needle,” shot,” “pull,” “drill” or “hurt.”  We will walk your child through the visit in kid-friendly words and we have training and experience to handle the situation if he or she becomes anxious. And, you can remind your child that after the visit is over, she or he will get prizes!

When describing an aspect of a dental visit, please don’t use words around your child that might incite fear. Words such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill” or “hurt” should be replaced by words that we use to convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way.  Our team will spend time educating parents about oral health care for their child, discussing dental developmental issues and answering any questions.  We will review your child’s health history, dental history and risk factors for cavities. During the exam, the dentist will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. Dr. Spatz or hygienist will clean the teeth and apply fluoride. Then the most important part of the appointment: the reward of prizes.

Important topics that may be discussed

  • Good oral hygiene practices for your child’s teeth and cavity prevention
  • Fluoride needs
  • Oral habits (thumb sucking or pacifier use)
  • Developmental milestones
  • Teething
  • Proper nutrition for a “tooth friendly” diet
  • Schedule of dental checkups

We like to see children every six months to build the child’s comfort and confidence level, to monitor the development of the teeth, and promptly diagnose any developing problems.  Our goal is to prevent problems whenever possible.

Did You Know?

A study in the Journal, Pediatrics, showed that children who have their first dental visit before age one have

40 percent
lower dental costs

in their first five years than
children who do not.

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Financial

Our office is committed to caring for your child while assisting you to maximize insurance benefits. We estimate your coverage as best as possible and submit your insurance claim. We ask that our estimate of your share of the payment is paid at the time of service.

Our office accepts many PPO plans. Please contact our office for policy coverages. For your convenience, we also accept payments made by Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

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We Are Here to Better Serve You

  • Creating a positive dental experience in a place to call your dental home
  • Patient and parent dental health education
  • Comprehensive preventive dentistry and dental treatment
  • Interceptive orthodontics/space maintenance
  • Emergency dental treatment for pain and trauma
  • Sedation dentistry: Nitrous and oral conscious sedation
  • General anesthesia for dental treatment in the office and in a hospital setting
  • Dental care for patient with special health care needs
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