This section provides everything you and your child will need to know about your first visit to the office.

It is a very common question asked by parents as to what can be expected when bringing their child to the pediatric dentist for the first time. Our office is very different than the average general adult dental office. All of us at SLO Pediatric Dental are honored to be able to provide pediatric dental care for your child, and our office follows the California Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and our own American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendations to initially see children near their first birthday.

One of our top priorities is to develop an ongoing relationship between our doctors and your child. It is our intention to be a resource for helping with any questions as well as to provide dental care for your child. Having a good relationship with you enhances the dental professional’s ability to pursue optimal oral health for your child and our office wishes to exceed any of your expectations.

Initial Exams

Our initial exam includes an introduction to our staff and Doctors, review of dental/medical history, soft tissue examination, cleaning, polishing, scaling, necessary digital imaging (x-rays), fluoride treatment when appropriate, oral hygiene instruction (O.H.I.), dental development evaluation, dietary and nutritional counseling, and patient/parent education with a review of the dental oral exam and plan. Our goal is to assist each parent with creating a sustainable dental lifestyle early in childhood that will lead to a happy, healthy smile throughout their development.

What Can Be Done Make Your Child’s First Visit Enjoyable

Our entire team is dedicated to providing complete, comprehensive, and kind dental care for each of our pediatric patients. We are committed to making each child’s visit as enjoyable as possible. Parents can have a large role in preparing their child for his or her first visit to our office. We have assembled a few tips to prepare your child for the initial visit:

Talk to your child about why they are going to the pediatric dentist and emphasize that visiting our office is a great way to make sure that their teeth and mouth are happy!

When your child is very young, use word play when discussing what the doctor will do. For example: rather than saying “The dentist will look in your mouth under a bright light and check your teeth.” You can illustrate it in a positive context such as: “The doctor will use their little flashlight and special pointer to count all of your teeth and check your mouth.”

It is very common that children fear the unknown and one of the ways that children can be educated about the dentist is by using various resources such as books and the internet. Listed below are some useful resources:

The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Barney Goes to the Dentist by Linda Cress Dowdy
Dental Health (The Encyclopedia of Health: The Healthy Body) by Dorothy Siegel

The American Dental Board (ADA.org) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD.org) would most definitely be sites of interest. The main goal of educating is to to reduce anxiety!

Dental health is a necessity for the overall health of your child. Educate and encourage your child. Remember to keep a positive attitude because children can tend to sense when you are nervous.

From the first day you visit our office, we will work to take care of your child’s dental needs. As part of your first visit with us, you will need to fill out a comprehensive medical and dental history. These forms are important because they help us get acquainted with your child and determine the proper and best course of treatment for your child. We have to know about allergies, sensitivity to anesthetics/drugs, any medications, supplements, previous medical dental experiences, previous surgical history and your child’s general health.

Insurance

We are currently contracted with multiple insurance companies. Please call us to find out the most up to date insurance companies. We also accept cash, check and credit card and provide a discount for payment at day of service.  If you have any further questions about our insurance policies, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Remember that good oral health is good medical health.
Brush your child’s mouth each night, regardless of age!