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Everything You Need For Your First Appointment
- DELTA DENTAL
- UNITED CONCORDIA
What To Expect at Your Child’s First Visit
Walk through our doors and our team will greet you and your little surfer with big smiles. We’ll be ready to answer any questions you may have.
Your very own Surf Instructor (Dental Team member) will bring you back and give you a tour of our office.
Once your child feels welcomed to his or her new dental home, we’ll take x-rays, conduct a professional cleaning, and discuss your child’s oral and overall health. Don’t be surprised if your Surf Instructor talks about the importance of diet and total wellness.
You and your child being accepted into our dental family is so important to us. We look forward to watching your little surfer grow into a young adult.
The best place to take your kids. They are friendly, informative, and helpful. They work great with the kids.
Jeff, Smile Surfer Parent in Richland, WA
Have Questions About Your Child’s First Visit?
We love answering questions! Check out our FAQs below.
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- It’s my child’s first dental visit. Do you have any tips to make it a positive experience for them?
Don’t worry! Follow these tips to help make your child’s dental visits a roaring success!
- Use positive speech when talking about the dentist.
- Accompany your children at their dental visits.
- Help your child recognize the dentist as his or her “dental home.”
- The less “fuss” the better. It’s best to tell your child about a dental visit the day of the appointment.
- If your child wants more information about the dentist, explain to them that the doctor will look at his/her teeth to make sure they are healthy.
- Make sure that your child is well rested the day of the appointment.
- Don’t threaten a visit to the dentist as a form a punishment for bad behavior.
- Be a good role model by practicing excellent oral hygiene routine in front of the kiddos.
Remember: Dental visits are part of growing up. You shouldn’t offer rewards or indicate in any way that there is anything to fear.
- My child is experiencing a dental emergency. What should I do?
Follow these tips depending on the emergency. Then, call our office right away and we’ll do our best to see your child the same day.
- Toothache: If your child has a sore tooth, gently clean the area. Use floss to clear out any food that may be stuck in or near the tooth. Have them rinse their mouth with warm water or warm salt water. Do not apply heat to the gum or tooth. If your child’s cheek or face is swollen, apply a cold compress and contact us immediately. If the pain persists for more than a day, please contact us for additional treatment options.
- Cuts: If your child has bitten their tongue, lip, or cheek or there is a cut in their mouth, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze to stop the bleeding. Apply ice to the area to reduce swelling and relieve pain. If the bleeding does not stop, call a doctor or take your child to urgent care or an emergency room.
- Knocked out tooth: If your child’s baby tooth has been knocked out, it does not usually cause problems or require treatment. Contact your pediatric dentist during regular business hours. If your child has had a permanent tooth knocked out, see a pediatric dentist immediately! If possible, find and save the tooth. Hold it by the crown, not the root. Rinse the tooth with water, but do not clean with soap. If the tooth is not cracked or damaged, try to put it back in the original socket and have your child hold it in place by biting on gauze. If you cannot put the tooth back in its socket, put it in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk.
- Chips and fractures: If your child has chipped or cracked a tooth, contact their dentist immediately. If you do not take any action, the tooth could become infected and require extensive dental treatment. Rinse your child’s mouth thoroughly with water. If fragments have broken off, save them and bring them with you to the dentist.
- Will I be able to accompany my child during his or her appointment?
Yes! In fact, we highly encourage all parent to accompany their children during their appointments. This helps your child see a familiar face from start to finish and this allows us to include you in developing a treatment plan for your child’s oral and overall health.
- Are dental x-rays safe?
Yes, they are! The amount of radiation from a dental x-ray is small and your child will be protected by a lead apron and other protective measures. Dental radiographs not only detect cavities, but also show progress of teeth growth and help alert your dentist of bone diseases and other problems. They let your child’s dentist see patterns and symptoms that are not visible in a physical examination. By finding and treating potential problems early, you can save money and avoid unnecessary procedures later. Your child’s dentist may recommend x-rays once or twice per year, depending on their risk factors for tooth decay and other problems.