Child’s First Visit

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Your child's first dental visit is as important as those first words or first steps; it's a social and developmental milestone. Your child's introduction to oral care should actually begin soon after birth. By gently cleaning a baby's gums after feedings with a soft, damp washcloth, parents can get the child accustomed to oral hygiene as an important everyday routine.

By starting dental visits at an early age, you will help your child build a lifetime of good dental habits. If your child enjoys their first visit to our office, they will look forward to future visits instead of fearing them. That is why we do everything we can to make your child's first visit with us as pleasant as possible.

We like to see children for their first visit when they are three-years old. The earlier your child begins to see us, the better chance there is to prevent problems before they require serious corrective measures. If you notice anything or are concerned about your child's dental condition prior to age three, please schedule an appointment for a simple examination.

Before Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Here are some "do's" and "don'ts" to help your children have a positive first-time experience with us:

Don't:
  • Bribe your child into going to the dentist.
  • Use the dental visit as a punishment.
  • Let the child know that you feel any anxiety about going to the dentist.
  • Let anyone tell your child scary stories about dental visits.
Do:
  • Talk about the upcoming appointment with your child in a positive, matter-of-fact way.
  • Try to make dental visits enjoyable for your child.
  • Let your child go into the treatment room alone if your child is willing to.
  • Drive by the office a few days before your visit to ensure you know where it is located. If you are anxious because you are late, your children might bring that anxiety into their visit with us.
  • Set a good example by caring for your own teeth.

We also need you to complete a Child Medical History Form below. You may mail, fax, or e-mail the form to our office.

A good time to schedule your child's first dental visits is in the morning, when he or she is rested and more cooperative. Morning appointments also don't conflict with meal times or naps. Your time is valuable, which is why we don't keep you waiting. Your appointment is a time that is reserved for you and you alone.

During Your Child’s Dental Visit

We have a wooden train set, books, and toys to entertain and amuse your children. For your first few visits, we suggest arriving five to ten minute earlier than you normally would. This will give your children time to play with the toys, become accustomed to the office, and feel relaxed before their appointment.

For parents, we offer:
  • Free parking (behind our office)
  • Complimentary coffee bar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in our restroom

Please turn off your cell phone when entering our office or set it to "silent" mode. If you have to take a call, please do so in our lobby area.

Your Child’s Dental Appointment

Dr. Solverson keeps current with the latest advances in preventive, cosmetic and, restorative dentistry, so we will be able to take care of the majority of your child's dental needs. We have a modern, up to date facility with state of the art equipment, and a highly professional staff trained to use that equipment.

Should your child need dental care beyond what we can provide, Dr. Solverson has developed excellent relationships with the best specialists in the Rochester area.

During your child's visit, we will examine your child's mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of tooth decay or other problems. We might take X-rays to see whether facial bones and teeth are developing properly and to find any hidden decay. We might clean your child's teeth, and we will evaluate any adverse habits such as thumb-sucking which can cause future orthodontic problems.

We will show you and your child how to effectively clean your child's teeth at home. We will also evaluate your child's fluoride needs. If you don't live in a fluoridated water community, we can prescribe fluoride drops or tablets, or apply fluoride gel.

Cancellations

If you absolutely have to cancel, please notify us at least 48 hours before your appointment. Please understand that our appointment schedule fills up quickly, especially the prime time evening and Saturday time slots. If you have to cancel, we will certainly take special circumstances into consideration. We appreciate your cooperation.

Start Good Dental Hygiene Now

To start your children on the path to good oral hygiene and dental care, download our children's medical history form below, then call our office (248-651-8787) to schedule your child's first appointment.

New Patient Forms

Please download this form to print it (or print it from this webpage), complete it, and bring it with you to your first appointment.

Child Patient Information Form - New Patient

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Call our office today (248-651-8787) to schedule your appointment with us.