Your Child's First Visit
Our Smallest Smiles
Dr. Kerstin believes that positive childhood experiences with a dentist set the foundation for a lifetime of oral health. She focuses on making their first trip to the dentist a happy experience.
What to Expect
Your child's first visit is usually short. We encourage you to accompany your child into the room and may ask that you sit with your child in your lap. Dr. Kerstin will then complete a quick, but thorough examination of your child's teeth and mouth. She will discuss any findings with you and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Dr. Kerstin may continue with a teeth cleaning and fluoride application. For some children, an exam is all that happens at their first appointment; it can take 2-3 visits before they are comfortable completing a cleaning. Dr. Kerstin is happy to accommodate each child's needs.
How to Prepare
- Talk to your child about what will happen and the new things they will see:
- Your child will get to ride up and down in a special chair
- The doctor will use a bright light (we have sunglasses for sensitive eyes) and a mirror to look in their mouth
- She will count their teeth with her "counting stick"
- She uses a special toothbrush to tickle their teeth clean
- There is a squirt gun and Mr. Thirsty to help them rinse
- She applies vitamins (fluoride) to the teeth to help them grow strong
- Watch videos or read books where your child's favorite characters visit the dentist. Below are some options that Dr. Kerstin's daughters enjoyed.
- Talk about your visits to the dentist and how much you enjoy going!
- Bring your child to your appointment and allow them to tour the office.
- Schedule their appointment when your child is usually in a good mood - avoid snack time or nap time.