Please fill out our New Patient Questionnaires prior to your first appointment.
We all work hard to keep children comfortable every moment when they are in our care. Our office is designed to engage and entertain kids. Both of our waiting rooms have magical trees with iPads, touch-screen games and an X-box inside! Each exam chair has an overhead TV for each child to enjoy. Our staff genuinely loves kids and takes a special interest in each child.
Dr. Walker and Dr. Frazier are very skilled at communicating with even the smallest child and take plenty of time to ease them into this very important first visit. Remember, if your child does cry, it is a normal reaction to an unfamiliar event and does not mean that he or she is in any pain or even discomfort.
If your child is old enough to be interested, we will show them around the office and explain instruments. This takes the mystery and fear out of the dental objects and quickly puts kids at ease.
We usually have your child sit on your lap, where they feel the safest, lean them back, and do an exam and tooth counting, examine jaw development, and check for any signs of decay. Next, we will brush and possibly floss your child’s teeth, in part so you can see how to do it properly. We can show you how to hold your child to properly reach all teeth and demonstrate the best pediatric toothbrushing techniques.
We will also apply fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is excellent because there is no need to rinse and spit, and there is no need to wait before eating and drinking.
If your child is 3-4 years-of-age, or we are seeing your child because of an injury, we will need to take an x-ray. Our x-rays are digital for lower radiation exposure.
When we take x-rays, we look for:
- Cavities, especially cavities between the teeth.
- Any signs of periodontal disease.
- The correct number of teeth and adult tooth development.
- Sequence of eruption.
Scheduling Your Child’s First Visit
Just as you schedule your children’s other activities in advance, planning ahead for your child’s dental visit is very important. We recommend that you don’t wait until your child has a problem or is in pain.
If you have any questions about your child’s first visit, or if you want to schedule a one year visit, please give us a call today!