Your Child’s First Visit to Seven Seas Pediatric Dentistry
The purpose of the first visit is to establish a positive relationship with your child, and evaluate his or her oral health. You can prepare at home by talking with your child about the first visit, but try to keep it simple. If you like, share our website and Natey’s Mateys with your child so he or she can see some of our other happy patients.
When you arrive, we encourage you to stay with your child throughout the duration of the appointment. Dr. Evan and his highly trained staff will take X-rays, clean your child’s teeth, administer a fluoride treatment, and examine your child’s teeth and mouth for cavities, swollen gums or other issues that may be of concern. We’ll be sure to take our time and make sure your child is comfortable and not fearful of anything we are doing throughout the visit; explaining things in a way that is fun and enjoyable for your child. You can find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
X-Rays and Cleaning
X-rays are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed.
X-rays detect much more than cavities. For example, X-rays may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. The risk is negligible. In fact, the dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.
After X-rays are taken, your child’s teeth will be cleaned and a topical fluoride treatment will be applied. We’ll be sure to explain what we are doing in age-appropriate terms and make sure your child is as comfortable as possible during the cleaning.
Dr. Evan will examine your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. He’ll check for cavities and discuss any specific areas of concern. He will also go over basic oral hygiene techniques and talk to you and your child about the best ways to keep teeth healthy and strong. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, and when the exam is finished your child will get a special treasure to take home.
Along with The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend a dental check-up and cleaning every six months. If your child has dental needs that require more immediate attention, Dr. Evan will recommend a treatment plan.
If you have any questions about home care for your child after a dental treatment appointment, you can access the Post-Operative Care Instructions on our FAQ’s page.