From new to existing patients of Smiles & Co., here's the information you need!
At Smiles & Co. Pediatric Dentistry, we follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendation that children visit a dentist by age one, or within 6 months of the appearance of the first baby tooth. Establishing a dental home by age one will allow you and your child the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with us and build healthy dental habits to last a lifetime. Your child will become acquainted with the dentist and office staff at an early age, enabling them to become more comfortable in the dental office setting as they mature. It is our goal to ensure that your child has a positive dental experience at each and every visit to our office, and that you are provided with valuable information to help your child have a healthy smile for years to come.
What To Expect At The First Visit
The first visit will begin with a review of our child's medical and dental history, followed by a gentle examination of the teeth, jaws, gums, and oral tissues. Our staff uses age appropriate language and explains all procedures in detail, in effort to help your child feel more comfortable.
Cleaning & Polishing
A thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth will be completed, followed by a fluoride application.
Dental X-rays will only be taken if indicated, and this will always be discussed with you prior.
Because we place such a high emphasis on prevention, proper tooth brushing and flossing technique will be demonstrated and discussed with both you and your child at every hygiene appointment. Depending on your child's age, we will also discuss topics such as bottle/sippy cup use, oral habits, diet, trauma prevention, sealants, and dental development/orthodontics.