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First Visit

Your child's first visit is often the most important.

Our team works very hard to make the first (and every) visit a happy one!

Our top priority is to create a comfortable, fun and happy environment for you and your child. A lot of parents worry about their child's first dental visit. We understand that you may have concerns, and therefore, we tailor each experience based on your individual needs. Our team works very hard to make the first (and every) dental appointment for your child a happy one.

As pediatric dental specialists, we know to pay special attention to your child’s emotional and developmental needs. Each child is unique, which is why we work with you to decide the best approach to achieve a happy and comfortable experience for your child. At every appointment our team makes it a priority to listen to your questions and concerns. Dr. Beth, Dr. Ashley and our caring team will happily explain all procedures as they gently and compassionately guide your child on his or her dental journey.

Can I Stay with My Child During the Visit?

Absolutely! It takes a team to facilitate successful, happy dental visits and parents are a vital part of that team. We have an open-door policy, which means you are welcome to be with your child at all times. Our goal is to develop a trusting relationship with your child and allow them to have a positive experience. All children are unique and if you feel your presence would make your child more comfortable, you are encouraged to accompany your child.

Things to Help Make a Happy First Visit

You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. Reading books about going to the dentist or "playing dentist" at home beforehand can be beneficial. Keeping a RELAXED AND POSITIVE attitude helps the most. Often a child's behavior and opinion of a dental visit mirrors that of their parent's.

See a Pediatric Dentist by Age One

Sweetpea Children's Dentistry, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend that a child see a dentist no later than one year of age. This initial visit allows your child to establish a "Dental Home"–a place for your child to grow and be supported throughout childhood and adolescence. Children who have a dental home established early are less likely to form cavities and are more likely to get the appropriate preventive and regular oral health care that they need. A dental home also gives your child a place to go in case of a dental emergency.

Learning Tools

Motivational Charts

Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.

Activity Sheets

Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!