What to Expect at your Child’s First Dental Visit

What to Expect at your Child’s First Dental Visit

Whether it’s your first visit with us, or your child first visit at the dentist altogether, it can be a little bit daunting. This is perfectly normal! It’s a new place with new sights, sounds and smells. This is a major developmental milestone for parents and children.

In light of our heightened awareness of these feelings, we offer a very personal new patient exam that is kind of like a conversation or a “pre-visit” where you can just get to know our dentists, hygienists, and our treatment approaches and philosophies while we provide educational information about your child’s dental health and development.

This way, when the time comes for a “real” dental appointment or first cleaning/check-up, you and your child will be much more comfortable and familiar with everything. It is clear that when parents are very comfortable with what will happen at the dentist office, children become more comfortable and confident, too! See our other tips on your child’s first visit here.

How to Book:

  • Call us at 586-286-0700

What your child’s first visit at our office may consist of:

  • Your child’s complete health history: We have a chat about overall health issues we may have to consider and watch for.
  • Dental examination: Your pediatric dentist will examine your child’s teeth (in a knee-to-knee format for very young children where mom or dad hold the child and lean the toddler back toward the dentist for a quick look) and have a chat about at-home brushing and flossing.
  • Dental x-rays: Older children that are attending for a cleaning visit may also benefit from simple X-rays. These can reveal so much about your child’s tooth and jaw development while helping us find any hidden cavities. Also, this helps your dentist suggest orthodontic treatment if needed for children over age 7.
  • Dental cleaning: Your dentist will only examine your child’s teeth at the first visit and a cleaning would be performed at a subsequent visit after the initial exam.

During this initial visit we answer your questions and give you preventive recommendations for dietary and oral hygiene habits that affect your child’s teeth and overall health. Depending on exam results, we set up your next appointment after a thorough explanation of the treatment that is recommended.

While this article is meant to focus on the initial pediatric dental examination, we do get a lot of questions about what an initial orthodontic examination consists of. Anytime after age 7, typically, this examination will consist of a thorough mouth and jaw development examination followed by a detailed explanation by one of our orthodontists about what is normal/ideal about you or your child’s orthodontic development and anything that may be off course. Treatment recommendations would be thoroughly explained at this visit also, if needed.

We always love meeting new smiling faces. We are anxiously awaiting meeting new members of your family, your friends and relatives.

About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly and newly renovated office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. Our pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults and are proud to be Premier Providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services. The ability to treat all patients with compassion and individuality, including those that may have special needs reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy and customized care options.  We pioneered valued hospital affiliations to allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital, when appropriate or necessary, and our specialists are also proud to be on staff at Henry Ford and Beaumont hospitals.

39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200
Clinton Township, MI
Phone: 586-286-0700
Fax: 586-286-5932