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When should my child go to the dentist for the first time?

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends the first dental visit by “first year or first tooth”.

Why so young?

Starting early allows for subsequent visits to build on your child becoming familiar and comfortable with the dentist from a young age. Parents can learn suggestions for caring for their child’s teeth at home. If your child ever experiences a bump or fall to the mouth, rather than a time consuming and expensive visit to the ER, Dr. Mann is always available. You can call the office 24/7 for reassurance and guidance over the phone, or come by the office to take a look, even after hours.

As part of our philosophy on prevention and education, we offer a free exam for children under two years of age!

How do I prepare my child for their first visit?

Parents often wonder how best to prepare their children for their first visit. Mentioning the appointment in a casual and upbeat manner is best.

Families are always welcome to stop by for a tour as well. Our friendly team is happy to show your child around, answer any questions and let them take a ride in the chair.

What is the first visit like?

As a pediatric dental office, we are used to the short attention spans of little ones! The first visit is designed to be mostly informative with a thorough, quick examination to provide information for proper home care and for early detection of any cavities.

Dr. Mann will spend time talking with you about your child and any concerns you may have. She will thoroughly review your child’s medical and dental history, and examine your child gently. If appropriate, she may recommend additional treatment such as a cleaning, fluoride and/or x-rays. Based on her findings, Dr. Mann will design a personalized program of home care for your child, including brushing and flossing instructions, diet counseling, and if necessary, fluoride and orthodontic recommendations.

Does my child need a prescription for fluoride supplements?

To help Dr. Mann determine if fluoride supplements are right for your child, our office provides complimentary testing of the fluoride levels in the water your child drinks. Please bring a 2-3 oz sample in a plastic container.

What if my child has special needs or is anxious and fearful?

We specialize in caring for people with significant medical, physical, or mental disabilities. Our extensive training in children’s behavior assists in treating all kinds of children, especially if your child has had difficulty at other dental visits. When necessary, we offer a full range of services, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), sedation, in-office IV anesthesia or general anesthesia in a hospital. Dr. Mann is always available to talk to parents about any specific needs or special accommodations before your visit.