First Visit

Your Child's First Visit At Nuface Clinic! 

 
Your child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. Though this may sound early, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPD) have made the one year dental visit recommendation as a measure aimed at stemming the tide of rising tooth decay among children. 
The most important part of the visit is for your child to get to know and become comfortable with Dr. Pranjali and her staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. If possible, we allow the child to sit in a parent’s lap in the exam room. In order to establish trust with your child, parents are invited to be “quiet and supportive” observers. As your child is able to observe the trust and confidence you have in the dentist, they will develop their own trust and feel comfortable with receiving care. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel during their first dental visit.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE FIRST DENTAL VISIT
Please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your child’s dental treatment.

The first visit lasts around 30 minutes and includes oral hygiene instructions, dietary counseling and anticipatory guidance. We will clean your child's teeth and advise you on effective cleaning methods. We then provide an evaluation with an outline of existing dental issues and propose specific treatments.
Dr. Pranjali will look at all of your child’s teeth, check the bite and how the teeth work together, and she will also look at the gums to make sure they're strong and healthy.
If she sees a problem with your child’s bite, you may be referred to an inhouse orthodontist. He specializes in correcting the shape or positions of teeth through orthodontia, or braces.
Our dental assistant will also take X-rays, or pictures of your child's teeth during the first visit. X-rays help to detect cavities hiding between the teeth and problems beneath the gums.
Dr. Pranjali is always open to study your child’s complete oral health condition not only with you, but also with your child. She will encourage your child to ask questions, making sure that she explains everything your child wants to know.