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On your child's first visit

Information to prepare you and your child for his/her first visit.

Your child's first visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist at the age of 12 months, or when the first tooth appears. This will allow Dr. Rose and the Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry Team to evaluate your child and introduce you to proper oral hygiene habits.

Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Try to act relaxed and at ease. You can explain that Dr. Rose will count and take pictures of your child's teeth.

Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt because this may have never entered his or her mind. Instead, reassure your child that Dr. Rose will be friendly and gentle. Also, avoid using words such as needle, shot, pull, or other words that could create anxiety. We will explain our procedures in ways that your child can understand and will work to decrease any fear or anxiety they may have. For example, we call the suction device "Mr. Thirsty" and cavities "sugar bugs."

A common problem that children face is being fearful about coming to the dentist because they are unsure about what will happen. It is normal to be scared of the unknown, and we work with kids every day to help them feel more comfortable so that they can establish a positive relationship with a dentist. This will lead to better oral care as they get older.

There are several things we do to help kids feel more comfortable. When patients arrive in the office, we take them on a tour of the facility to show them different areas of the office. We also don't rush the patients into treatment. Some kids take a while to warm up to our staff and the idea of having someone work in their mouth. We talk with the kids while they are still in the waiting room, play games with them, and get to know them. When they are in the treatment areas, we show them what we will be doing and use wording that is age-appropriate.


Our staff will review your child's health history form with you at the first visit. Your child will be introduced to our dental team and will be invited to tour the office. You are always welcome to accompany your child to the treatment area. This will allow Dr. Rose the opportunity to discuss any dental findings and treatment options directly with you. Dr. Rose will perform a head and neck examination and then evaluate the health of your child's teeth and gums. Your child will also receive a dental cleaning and fluoride. Dental radiographs (x-rays) are taken only as Dr. Rose feels they are necessary. If your child needs additional services, they will be scheduled for a later visit.

During the first visit, we will spend time educating your child on proper brushing techniques. It is critical to oral health that you, as the parent, follow up on these techniques at home.

Although your child may cry, this is normal behavior when children are put into unknown situations. Please do not be alarmed. We are all trained to help fearful or anxious children through their dental experience. As your child matures, we hope to encourage his or her independence and promote self-esteem.

We will treat your child as our own and perform the dental treatment in the easiest and safest way possible.