Your child’s first dental visit
Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make their first visit as positive and enjoyable as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our friendly and knowledgeable team and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future office visits. Let the child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they may be feeling.
Benefits of a Year One dental visit
- 1 + 1 = ZERO. ONE dental visit when there’s ONE tooth can equal ZERO cavities.
- Visiting a pediatric dentist by the time the first baby tooth appears enables the child to have a dental home and begin a lifelong preventive dental care program to minimize tooth decay and cavities.
- Pediatric dentists can detect early tooth decay, provide parents with information on proper oral and facial development, determine fluoride needs and more.
- The year one dental visit can actually save money. 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, due to the cost of dental and medical procedures that may be necessary as a result of poor oral health.
Preparing your child for their dental visit
Preparing for the dental visit: It is very important to Dr. Hernandez and staff, that parents who feel helpless when a child is fearful about going to the Dentist, be assured that we are committed to each childs well-being, not only regarding dental treatment but in meeting individual emotional needs. Often, additional time is scheduled to calm an anxious child or to gain cooperation. We encourage our parents to be involved during procedures as “silent partners”. We can assure with a thorough explanation and understanding of our treatment goals, a more successful and less stressful outcome of dental visits. Dr. Hernandez believes through years of experience, that permitting your child to undergo treatment with parents as silent partners, sends two messages. Firstly, that the dental visit is not a scary situation, and second, that you have confidence in your childs ability to undergo the procedure. As a parent, you provide a sense of empowerment in your child!
Here is a list of recommended books about going to the dentist.
- The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Throw Your Tooth on the Roof (Tooth Traditions from Around the World) by Selby Beeler
- Max Goes to the Dentist by Adria F. Klein
- Dora the Explorer-Show me Your Smile! by Christine Ricci
We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
New patient forms
To help us with your chart, please fill out our online patient forms and bring them to your first visit.