About the First Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by the age of 12 months, or when the first tooth appears. Bringing your child in at this age allows the Texas Pediatric Dentistry Team to evaluate your child, introduce you to proper oral hygiene techniques, and start to build a foundation of trust with your child.
When you and your child arrive at our office, you’ll go to our waiting room area to fill out paperwork. There you will find refreshments, computers, and magazines for you to enjoy, and video games, toys, and books for your child.
After you fill out paperwork, our staff will review your child’s health history form with you and discuss any concerns you may have. Your child will then be introduced to our dental team and will be taken on a tour of the office. You are always welcome to accompany your child to the treatment area for exams and cleanings, and this will allow Dr. Tim and Dr. Jodi the opportunity to discuss any dental findings and treatment options directly with you.
Once your child is back in a treatment room, he or she will receive a dental cleaning and fluoride, and dental radiographs (x-rays) will be taken when it’s age appropriate and when the doctors feel it’s necessary. If your child needs additional services such as fillings, the doctor will discuss it with you in detail and the treatment will be scheduled for a later visit.
The doctor will also perform a head and neck examination and then evaluate the health and development of your child’s teeth and gums.
During the first visit, we will spend time educating you and your child on proper oral hygiene techniques, and it is critical that you follow up on these techniques at home.