Welcome to Dr. Kwon Pediatric Dentistry! We’re here to make going to the dentist like a day at the park. Think good times, new friends, and a lot of laughs for your happy, healthy smile.
Tips to Prepare for the First Visit:
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “dental home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
To create the best possible environment, we encourage you to talk about the positive aspects of going to the dentist with your child beforehand. Your child may respond well to the idea that going to the dentist means they’re beginning to grow up. Going to the dentist also marks the beginning of new responsibilities and routines for your child.
- Treat this first visit as a casual event, not as something serious or scary. Simply make sure your child is comfortable and understands everything that’s happening.
- Ask our staff if your child can walk back and quickly take a look around the office. Let them feel involved in the tour and explain what they’re seeing to reassure them about this new environment.
- Plan your initial “preview visit” during a quiet time of day so your child won’t feel rushed or overwhelmed.
- While you’re here, we’ll share some tips on brushing, flossing, and other cavity-preventing habits.
Dr. Kwon and his staff recognize that your child’s first visit to the dentist can be unfamiliar and intimidating, so we will take extra care in making it an enjoyable experience. We have prizes to reward our new patients for being brave during their first visit. We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
What to Expect During Your Visit:
During your child’s initial visit, your doctor will pay special attention to answering any questions you or your child might have about the dentist.
We encourage you to make a list of questions before the visit. For parents of younger children these questions may be about the best dental care products for baby teeth or the best toothache remedy for an incoming molar. For parents of older children, possible questions may include what the best dental mouthguard for a specific sport is or what is the best toothpaste to prevent gingivitis.
The doctor will address any concerns or problems your child might be having and begin the examination. During the exam, we will take digital x-rays of your child to look for cavities and monitor tooth development. Your dentist will then clean your child’s teeth to remove stains and plaque deposits, inspect their bite, and make sure their gums look healthy.
Throughout the exam, our team will teach your child how to properly care for their teeth and prevent cavities. As always, we encourage learning effective tooth care in order to reinforce positive habits at home. A lifetime of healthy oral care begins in these initial visits, and we will make sure your child leaves the office with a confident smile and excitement for their next visit!