Arlington Pediatric Dentistry

First Visit

While the first years of your child’s life and development are undoubtedly an exciting time, we realize that this is also an incredibly hectic time as well. Parents have plenty to keep track of during this time – from their child’s first words to their first day of school. That is why we hope you’ll let us take care of your child’s first dental visit! 

Our pediatric doctors and experienced staff are specialized in the needs of children and proficient in ensuring your child’s visit to the dentist is safe, comfortable, and will start him or her out right on the path toward a lifetime of great oral health.

And for those families who do not have dental insurance, there is now no reason for your children to go without the dental care they deserve. We offer an attractive discount plan which makes dental treatment affordable. Find out more here.

And for those who do not have dental insurance, there is now no reason for your children to go without the dental care they deserve. We offer a discount plan with reduced fees.

Patient Forms

When you make an appointment with our office we will automatically send you the necessary registration and forms via email or a link which you can access via a web browser. You can fill out the forms in the comfort of your home before you come into the office for your child’s appointment.  We will ask you for personal information about you, your insurance, as well as about your child’s medical and dental health. Please take the time to fill out the forms before you come to the office for your appointment.

You can also access the forms by following the links below:

When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first visit the pediatric dentist at about the age of one. While this may seem early, the truth is that tooth decay and other oral health problems can develop as soon as a child’s first tooth erupts. It’s also never too early to help your child develop healthy habits relating to his or her oral hygiene.

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How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Many kids often develop the false belief that going to the pediatric dentist’s office is something to be afraid of. In order to help combat these feelings and make your child feel more positive and comfortable about going to the dentist, we’d like to give you a few helpful tips:

  • Let your child know beforehand about the appointment and build some excitement about it.
  • Don’t show any signs of nervousness yourself! Kids can pick up on your feelings so make sure to approach the trip to the dentist with a positive attitude.
  • Reassure your child that this first visit to the dentist is just a chance to take a look inside his or her mouth.
  • Bring a comforting toy, a small snack, and some extra diapers with you to the appointment.
  • It may also help to bring another adult or an older sibling to give you additional support and also free up some of your attention so that you can focus on discussing your child’s oral health.

What to Expect During the Visit

A typical first visit to the dentist will include the following:

  • First, we’ll spend a couple of minutes to get settled in and explain what we’ll be going over.
  • When everyone’s comfortable, we’ll perform a gentle examination of your child’s mouth. We’ll be looking for tooth decay and any signs of possible oral disease in the future.
  • We’ll then take the time to discuss our observations from the examination.
  • Finally, we’ll discuss ways to improve your child’s oral hygiene and how to promote healthy oral habits.
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You have questions and we have answers! Check out our Dental FAQ page.