As specialists in pediatric dental care, we would first like to thank you for the opportunity to welcome your child into our dental family!! As experts in children's dentistry, we may do things differently than an adult dental office. As a partner in your child's dental needs, we want to provide you with some information to ease your anxieties concerning the first dental visit in our office!
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE FIRST VISIT TO OUR OFFICE
-On an initial visit to our office, we "count" teeth, "brush" teeth, and get "pictures"/x-rays of teeth. If you have been referred from another office, please bring any x-rays done. This will prevent us from doing the same procedure twice!
-We DO NOT treat your child's cavities on this first visit! Even if your child has seen a dentist in the past, our treatment plans are based on each individual's needs, which change based on age and anxiety level. This fist visit allows us to meet your child, obtain a medical history, and establish a plan of action.
-We use age appropriate language to explain to your child what will occur during the visit. We DO NOT use languages such as "shot", "drill", or "pull teeth," and we ask you avoid these words as well. Often the safest answer to your child's inquires is "I don't know, but I will be with you for every step!" Our staff is experts at explaining procedures with age appropriate language.
-A legal guardian MUST BE PRESENT for the first visit. At this visit, you will have the opportunity to give permission for others to bring your child and make medical decisions for your child.
Our mission is to provide the best dental care available for your child, and we feel honored to be a partner in his/her dental health. We look forward to meeting your entire family!
The Staff and Dentists of Elizabethtown Dentistry for Children