Your First Dental Exploration

Your First Dental Exploration

At Smile Explorers Pediatric Dentistry, we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding a child’s first visit to the dentist: This should be scheduled when their first tooth appears or before their first birthday. Studies have shown that starting early with regular dental check-ups will give your child the advantage of identifying dental issues that may arise as your child grows. And establishing a daily cleaning routine early is critical to helping your child have strong, healthy teeth, gums, jaws and mouth.

Before Your First Visit to Smile Explorers

The Smile Explorers office in Glendale, AZ, wants all children to feel welcome and happy. But for some children it can be a little scary. Talk to your child about going to the dentist before you come.  Take care not to use words that create concern like “needles” or “hurt.” Talk to your child in an upbeat, positive, calm way as you tell them about the dentist. Especially if you have your own anxiety with dentists, the more positive you are talking to your child about it, the better the chance of the child having good feelings about going to the dentist.

At Smile Explorers Pediatric Dentistry, we try to make the entire experience as positive and comfortable as possible. We understand there may be some fear associated with the dentist, so we talk to kids using age-appropriate language and work with each child as if they were our own kids.

New Patient Exam

Welcome to the Smile Explorers Glendale, AZ, office! We’re pleased that you chose us for your child’s dental care. Our goal is to make your child feel comfortable in our office by gaining their trust and helping to alleviate their fears. Our kid-friendly pediatric dentists and staff are skilled at helping children have a positive experience in our office.

At your child’s first exam, we ask you to stay with the child in the treatment room. During this visit, we will:

  • Review your child’s dental and health information
  • Take any necessary x-rays and thoroughly examine the teeth, gums, head and neck
  • Perform a professional dental cleaning
  • Demonstrate correct brushing and oral hygiene techniques
  • Discuss proper diet and nutrition
  • Determine a treatment plan, if needed

We’re happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. We want this first visit to be educational and fun for both you and your child.

Infant/toddler first-time visits

At Smile Explorers Pediatric Dentistry, we love kids! From the minute you walk into our kid-friendly office, we want your child to feel that this is a special place. Our pediatric dentists and staff are committed to making your baby’s visit a pleasant experience.

At your baby’s first appointment, we will:

  • Ask you about your child’s medical history
  • Answer any questions and address any concerns you have
  • Examine your baby’s mouth for any signs of decay or other problems
  • Demonstrate the best cleaning method for a baby or toddler mouth

Bring your baby in as soon as the first tooth appears or around their first birthday to give your baby the best start toward a healthy mouth and teeth.