Your Child’s First Visit
Your child’s first visit to the doctor typically includes an x-ray that allows the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves getting your child’s medical history. When you share your child’s medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on his health. Inform the dentist if your child has experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if he has recently been ill. Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications your child is taking – whether prescription or over-the-counter products – and the name of your child’s physician. Inform the doctor of any changes in your child’s health or medications. It is also important to bring up any fears your child may have about dental treatment. The information collected in your first visit will help the doctor select the safest and most effective method of treatment for your child.
Regular checkup appointments typically take 20 to 30 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
Don’t brush off regular checkups to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because your dentist can:
- check for problems that you might not see or feel
- find early signs of decay
- treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your child’s mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.