Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. Don't be alarmed if your very young child should cry. Tears provide a healthy avenue of expression for a child when moving toward an unknown, so please don't be disturbed or embarrassed. Once a child becomes familiar with the new dental surroundings, the fear will subside.
No matter what age the first visit occurs, it is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We believe in friendly courtesy and we make every effort to make your child's visit pleasant and comfortable. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our dentists and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Parents are very important in making the first visit positive and enjoyable for their children. You should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle" or "drill." We are experienced in dealing with children's anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.
No matter what the child's age, the initial visit is a "get acquainted" visit. We will record your child's dental and medical history. The treating dentist will give your child a complete oral exam, which will include a careful visual evaluation of the teeth and oral tissues, and diagnostic images if necessary for complete diagnosis. We will also clean your child's teeth and apply topical fluoride. If, however, X-rays, cleaning or fluoride are not easily accepted, we will defer these to a later appointment rather than creating an unpleasant memory. We will discuss our findings with you and also review the importance of maintaining a good dental oral health program for your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life.
For information or appointments at any of UTHealth Pediatric Dentistry's locations, visit the "Our Clinics" section.
Please be sure to complete each of the following forms prior to your child's initial visit:
Patient Registration Form (English)
Patient Registration Form (Spanish)