First Visit

Thank you for choosing East Texas Children's Dentistry for your child's dental health needs. Our emphasis is on prevention, and we strive to provide our services with the highest quality of care available for each child. Our goal is to maintain good oral health for every child with as few restoratives visits as possible. We hope to motivate your child to develop good oral hygiene habits now, which will help prevent dental disease in the future.

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his or her first birthday. At their initial visit, we will ask that you fill out our new patient forms completely and accurately so that we are able to perform a comprehensive review of your child's medical and dental history. A thorough examination will be performed and we may recommend dental x-rays to check for dental caries (cavities), missing teeth, infection, position of unerupted teeth, or any other abnormalities. We will examine the teeth that are in need of repair and make suggestions for teeth that can be spared with regular home care, topical fluoride treatments, and the application of sealants.

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The exam will also include the soft tissue, facial growth and development, and harmful habits such as thumb sucking that may influence the natural development of permanent teeth. Your first visit may also include a dental prophylaxis (cleaning) to remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums. Hygiene at home is essential to good oral health, and our office would like to teach good habits to both the child and the primary caregiver so that we are truly a dental team, fighting tooth decay and maintaining healthy smile for each child. We highly recommend dental cleanings every 6 months and dental x-rays every 12 months depending on previous dental history.

In order to make the first visit as pleasant as possible, there are some things that you as a parent and caregiver can do at home before you arrival. Most importantly, it is essential that you do not use words such as needles, shots, drill, pull, hurt, etc. when discussing dentistry with your child. Do not use the appointment to scare your children when dealing with their behavior at home. Our team is trained to make the visit as psychologically pleasant as possible, because we treat each child as if they were our own. Young children often cry at the first visit, and this is perfectly normal. Please do not be upset, as we deal with this issue daily. Crying is a normal reaction to fear; therefore everything you can do at home to alleviate fear is progress! We will work at our end to establish a trust with your child. Kindness is the greatest contribution to overcoming fear and we must work together to eliminate dental fear.

For this reason, we are extremely hesitant to separate children from their parents or caregivers at the initial visit. The first visit should remain easy and limited. This is sometimes inconvenient for parents and caregivers, but we must remember that our goal is to establish trust and overcome fear for the patient.