Your First Visit

We are delighted you have chosen our team to provide your child's dental care. We want to share some information to help you prepare for your visit to our office. We are not your typical dental office … as specialists in dentistry for children, our approach may be different from what you are accustomed to experiencing at a general dentist's office. The following information will help you and your child prepare to have a fun and informative visit!

1.A parent or legal guardian must be present for the initial appointment. We invite you to stay with your child during the initial visit. This is a great way for you to see our office and team in action. We want to build trust with your child through age appropriate terminology, friendliness, compassion, and consistency.

2.Our goal for the first visit is to provide parents with "anticipatory guidance" concerning dietary habits, brushing routines, fluoride exposure, and answer any concerns you have. We will review your child's medical history, do a thorough exam, and assess the health of your child's teeth, gums, head, neck and developing bite.

3.During the first visit we perform an exam and x-rays if necessary. This helps build a relationship with you and your child. Our goal is to introduce dentistry in a fun, non-threatening manner. If your child needs any treatment whether it be a cleaning, or fillings, future visits will be based on the positive foundation built from the initial visit. There are many books (Berenstain Bears, Barney, Rabbits First Tooth, etc.) which can be read to your child or a storyline similar to the example below can be used to tell them what to expect.

“The dentist will help you keep your teeth healthy. The dentist will count them and make them sparkle with a special toothbrush. They might take some pictures to see inside your teeth and will give you a new tooth brush to keep them clean. Afterward you can pick something from the prize box!”

4.Please do not threaten a visit to the dentist as punishment. Instead, help your child understand that healthy foods and brushing keeps their teeth healthy and strong.

5.If you are bringing non-appointed children, we ask you to bring another adult with you. Siblings may be asked to remain in the waiting room play area.

6.Please arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment, so we might answer any questions you may have prior to seeing your child.

We strive to provide the highest quality care for you and your child. We look forward to meeting your family. Please contact us if you have any questions, and also take a moment to read a few testimonials. We are happy to assist with your needs.


Be sure to download our new patient forms on the appointments page. This will save you time and we'll be able to see your child sooner with less time spent in the waiting room.

***You can also learn how you can help your child be cavity free.