Children's Dental Associates
Dentistry and Orthodontics for Children and Young Adults
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Pediatric dentists Drs. Peter B. Geller and David M. Petrarca - First Visit page

First Visit

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Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. The dental home represents an ongoing relationship between a dentist and a patient, whereby oral health care can be delivered in a comprehensive, accessible and coordinated way. At the very heart of this concept is the idea that a dental home is a safe place that a parent can turn to, not only for routine care, but also somewhere that parents can ask questions, seek advice, and simply feel right at home. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

What to Expect

Whether this is your child's first dental visit or first visit with us, having a positive attitude will make a great impression on your child. During the initial appointment, we will examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums. When indicated, radiographs (x-rays) will be recommended to assure a thorough and comprehensive evaluation. Your child's teeth will be cleaned and a topical fluoride applied. We will discuss the causes and prevention of dental disease as well as review your child's oral hygiene, fluoride intake, and diet. The dentist will discuss any treatment recommendations and answer any questions you may have.

You can help make the first visit to our office an enjoyable and positive experience for your child. In preparation for the initial exam, it is usually adequate for you to tell your child, "You are going to visit Dr._______, your new dentist who will count your teeth, give you a new toothbrush, take some pictures of your teeth, and brush your teeth." Leave the rest to us!

If you feel you must go into more detail, be sure to avoid negative or fear-provoking words such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill", or "hurt". Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

Parents in the Treatment Room

Parents are encouraged to accompany their child during their first appointment. However, in certain situations, it may be preferable for parents to remain in the reception area. This may be done so that we can devote our full attention to your child and your child can devote his/her undivided attention to us. Please trust our judgment! Should you be present in the treatment room, we ask that you remain a silent partner. Our office takes pride in taking the time to show and explain each procedure to our patients. Nothing is done before the child sees and understands what is going to take place. Every effort will be made to make each visit enjoyable and pleasant.

If you have any questions prior to your visit, please contact us.

New Patient Forms

For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please print and read the below listed forms, complete the information and bring them with you to your first visit.

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