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We are so excited to meet you and your child!  Before your first visit, here is a little information about what to expect, and how you can help make your child's dental care experience with Dr. Luke and Dr. Marshall the best it can be!

Please be sure to download the New Patient Packet and fill out those pages at home before your appointment. It will take about 15 (peaceful) minutes to complete at home, and is a very important part of the PDC team taking the best care of your child.

When should my child first visit a pediatric dentist?

First Visit
First Visit FAQ

It's My Child's First Visit!

What do I need to know?

  • When should my child first visit a pediatric dentist?
    In order to prevent dental problems, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child's first visit to the dentist be within 6 months after their first tooth appears which should be at least by age one. Just remember: First Visit by First Birthday!
  • What is my role in preparing my child for his/her first dental visit?
    Stay Positive! Let your child discover how much fun it can be to have healthy teeth! ​ DO: - Make the appointment early in the day allowing plently of time to avoid rushing. - Play "dentist." Have your child practice opening while you shine a flashlight and count their teeth. - Try to answer their questions in simple, reassuring terms. DO NOT - Expect perfect behavior - Raise your child's fears by saying "it won't hurt" - Use bribery or threats to encourage proper behavior
  • What should I expect at my child's first dental visit?
    FUN! (You didn't expect that did you?) Here at PDC we are all about kids. We have a kid-friendly atmosphere in every area of the office and we encourage kids to be kids. Why not have an indoor playground to play on while waiting to been seen by one of our pediatric dentists? That is wayyyy more fun than waiting in a dental chair! But while your child is in the dental chair he/she can watch television which is suspended from the ceiling or look at the clouds and hot air balloons. There is so much to take in at the "PDC Park!" Oh, and we talk about teeth too. :) At the Age 1 dental visit we will talk with parents about how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent dental problems. Specifically we discuss: - How to care for an infant's or toddler's mouth - Proper use of fluoride - Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking - Ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth - Teething and milestones of development - The link between diet and oral health Of course we will also clean your child's teeth, provide an examination by one of our pediatric dentists and apply a flouride treatment.
  • What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?
    Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
  • How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
    Parents should take their children to a pediatric dentist regularly, beginning within six months of the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
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