What to Expect
At Your Child's New Patient Dental Exam
What happens at a child's first dentist appointment? At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, a new patient's first dental visit will involve the following:
Reviewing Your Child’s Dental and Health History. Has your child had a bad experience at the dentist in the past? Does your child struggle with brushing and flossing? Does your child have special needs that will require special consideration? This is the time to tell us! We want to know all about your child’s dental and health history so that we can provide your child with the best dental care possible, taking into account the particular needs of your child.
Taking Any Necessary X-Rays. Dental X-rays help dentists obtain information they cannot obtain from a visual examination alone. At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we take all of our X-rays digitally so that the results are available almost instantly. This means that Dr. Lin will be able to analyze the X-rays and discuss any issues with you during your child’s appointment.
A Professional Dental Exam and Cleaning. At your child’s first visit to Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and surrounding structures, and we will clean your child’s teeth to remove any accumulated plaque, tartar and staining. Even if your child practices excellent oral hygiene habits, plaque can sometimes be difficult to remove at home, which is why regular professional teeth cleanings are important for children.
Reviewing Correct Brushing and Flossing Techniques. Do you know how to floss your child’s teeth? Do you need advice on how to brush your toddler’s teeth when he or she refuses? At your child’s first dental appointment, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have, share brushing and flossing tips, and demonstrate proper technique for you and your child.
Discussing Proper Diet and Nutrition. You probably know that cookies and candies can lead to cavities in kids, but did you also know that snacks like raisins and potato chips can be bad for kids’ teeth? At your child’s first dental appointment, we will discuss dietary guidelines to help keep your child’s teeth cavity-free. You may be surprised by what you learn!
Determining A Treatment Plan, If Needed. If we notice any issues during your child’s dental exam, we will work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan for your child. Whether your kid has cavities or broken teeth or gum disease, we always strive to help you and your child feel fully informed and comfortable with any treatment plans.
We welcome parents to join their children in the treatment room during this first dentist visit and are happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. We want your child's first visit to Hurst Pediatric Dentistry -- and all subsequent visits! -- to be educational and fun for both you and your child.