Your First Visit

At your first visit with our team, we will spend time getting to know you and your child.

During the appointment, we will review your child’s medical and dental history. We will gently examine your child’s teeth, gum tissue and dental development. Dr. Meggan and her team will determine the extent of treatment that will be rendered at the first visit.

We will examine your child’s teeth, check for decay, make sure that teeth are coming in the right order, check for proper jaw development.

  • We will invite you to stay during your child’s first examination.
  • Please do not be surprised if your child cries. Children are often afraid of new experiences and crying is a normal reaction to that fear.
  • We will talk about home care and offer recommendations for maintaining excellent oral health.
  • We will also discuss nutrition information and thumb and pacifier habits

We pride ourselves on a very friendly, inviting environment and we do all we can to help put you and your baby at ease. In keeping with that effort, we encourage you to accompany your infant in the exam room and we will recommend a knee to knee exam. For older children, by using phrases such as “careful and gentle” rather than “won’t hurt you” when describing their exam, your child will feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit in the office. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “pain”, “drill” or “hurt”. The team carefully uses words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child and Dr Meggan and her team can coach you on the best words to use. Pleasant visits to the dental office promote trust and confidence within your child that will last a lifetime. Our special office designs and our communication skills reinforce our main concern – your child’s oral health, and the development of a lifetime of healthy habits.

Tips for a successful first visit:

  • Practice counting teeth and opening wide.
  • Do NOT use fear provoking words.
  • Expect your child to react well and enjoy your first visit to our office.

How to prepare your child for their visit at Growing Smiles.

Parents should try to casually introduce the visit as a new experience and focus on positive encouragement. It is best to keep away from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill” or any of the four letter words “pain, hurt, shot, pull.” Please don’t talk with your child about any past dental experiences that cause your child anxiety and a negative anticipation of what to expect.

We are experienced in working with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.

We really like these books about going to the dentist:

  • • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
    • Throw Your Tooth on the Roof (Tooth Traditions from Around the World) by Selby Beeler
    • Max Goes to the Dentist by Adria F. Klein
    • Dora the Explorer-Show me Your Smile! by Christine Ricci
    • David Decides About Thumbsucking

We look forward to meeting you and your child soon!

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