When to see the dentist
Your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and his staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
Before the first visit
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. One way to convey good feelings to your child about dental visits is to remind them that going to the dentist is a sign that they are “growing up.” You can explain that Dr. Roberts will count their teeth, as well as take pictures of his/her teeth. Please do not tell your child that the “dentist will not hurt” as this may never have entered his/her mind. Instead, you may wish to assure your child that Dr. Roberts will be gentle and friendly. Also, please avoid using words needle, shot, pull, or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our office and chances are he/she will do exactly that!
The First Visit
Our staff will review the health history form with you at the first visit. You and your child will be introduced to our dental team and invited to tour the office. Dr. Roberts will perform a head and neck examination and then evaluate the health of the teeth, gums and your child’s bite. Dental radiographs are taken only as Dr. Roberts feels necessary. Additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.