New Patients

At what age should my child first see the dentist?

We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association guidelines, which recommends that children have their first dental visit around their first birthday. Infants and toddlers often sit on their parents lap during the entire visit. Dr. Davies utilizes a lap-to-lap (parents lap to dentists lap) technique to examine and clean young children's teeth. Back to top

How can I help prepare my child for their first visit?

You play an important role in preparing your child for their first visit. We ask that you keep all talk and thoughts positive. Children are very good at sensing anxiety in their parents. Tell your child that the dentist and the "dentist's helpers" will show and tell them everything. Tell your child that they will have their teeth cleaned and "counted". Please avoid unpleasant words like "needle", "shot", "pull", and "drill". If you tell your child they will have fun at the dentist, they will! Back to top

What can I expect at my child's first visit?

Your child will have their picture taken and are given a magnet of themselves to take home. Dr. Davies and staff use a tell-show-do method to inform children of all ages what to expect. Everything used is introduced to your child and they will be encouraged to touch, feel, and hold things. Dr. Davies and staff also use positive reinforcement. They will compliment your child often. Whatever your child’s needs are at their first visit, be assured they will be treated in a gentle, caring manner in a kid friendly environment. Back to top

Can I stay with my child during their visit?

Yes. Parents are welcome to accompany their child to the hygiene or treatment rooms; in fact, we have a chair in every room designed for the parent to sit in. Both children and parents are given the opportunity and are encouraged to ask questions at any time. Back to top

How often should my child visit the dentist?

We recommend that your child have a recall appointment (check-up, cleaning, and fluoride treatment) every 6 months. Back to top

Can I complete any forms prior to my child's first visit?

Yes. For your convenience we have included our new patient forms that you can fill out prior to your appointment. Just click on the appropriate form in the green box near the top-right of the page (click here to go to the forms list). Back to top

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