Your Child’s First Visit

Healthy Smiles Start Early

The ideal time for your child’s first visit to our office is around the age of one or at the time of eruption of their first tooth.

During your child’s first visit, we will evaluate the development of your child’s mouth, review how to care for teeth and gums, and educate you on possible harmful habits. The prevention and education aspect of the first visit are truly the most important!

Our goal is to make the first visit an enjoyable experience for all.  Ultimately, we strive to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and motivate them to keep healthy smiles. Below we have books you can read to prepare for your first visit and we have a list of tips that include what to expect for your child’s first time at the dentist.

Before your first visit you can read one of the many age-appropriate “My First Visit to the Dentist” books which will help your child prepare. A few of our favorites include:

Dora The Explorer’s Show Me Your Smile!: Visit to the Dentist. Dora explores the dentist’s office, gets her teeth cleaned, and more! She even gets a special treat for being such a good patient!

 

 

Ready, Set, BrushSesame Street Ready, Set, Brush: A Pop-Up Book. Elmo, Zoe, and their friends from Sesame Street show kids how easy it is to care for their teeth. Learning to brush has never been so much fun!

 

 

 

You might find the tips on the right helpful when preparing for your first visit. You’ll also learn what you can expect during the appoinment. We look forward to your child’s first visit! Schedule online today.

New to Enfield Pediatric Dentistry?

In order to speed up the check-in process, you can bring the prepared forms to the office with you on your first visit. If you are bringing more than one child, please fill out each form for each child. Download the PDF forms below. Print them at home, fill them out and bring the forms with you on your first visit. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents.

Medical History Form

Financial Policy Form

HIPPA Privacy Consent Form

Tips for the First Visit

  • Bring your child to the appointment a few minutes early.  Let them familiarize themselves with the office and all of the new faces.
  • Bring along a favorite stuffed animal, security blanket or toy.  It will help relax your child for their first visit and we are happy to count the teeth of their doll or stuffed animal too!
  • We will provide care while the child is sitting on your lap to help them feel secure.
  • Kid-friendly words are very important for this new adventure!  Do NOT use words like ‘drill’, ‘needle’ or ‘hurt’ in preparation for their first visit.  We like to introduce them to our ‘tooth tickler’ and ‘Mr. Thirsty’ to name a few during their visit.