What to expect on your first visit for children’s dental care

Welcome to the Growing Grins family

Our specially trained pediatric dental staff works hard every day to make each child feel comfortable and have fun. Our best reward? A healthy grin!

An open environment

New patients are typically seen in our open-concept hygiene bay with other children present. This gives younger children an opportunity to observe others who are comfortable getting children’s dental care. It also allows siblings to stay together.

We’ve found that another benefit of this setup is that it creates a less intimidating environment for kiddos who are anxious or fearful about going to a pediatric dentist. 

You’ll be encouraged to come back with your child and participate in their care.

Our routine check-up

As part of a standard children’s dental care appointment, your child will have their teeth professionally cleaned (tickled by the toothbrush) and examined (counted while playfully singing the ABCs). If dental x-rays (pictures of their smile) are necessary, we’ll take care of those too.

After the exam, we will provide thorough information covering topics such as preventative care, future growth, and development, and answer any questions that you have.

Good to know

  • First visits generally last 30–40 minutes, and they are scheduled throughout the day
  • We encourage our youngest patients to be seen earlier in the morning when they are fresh and ready for the day
  • For patients with immediate dental problems causing pain, Dr. Diana will focus on this problem and likely postpone routine children’s dental care for a later visit

When you leave we want you to feel confident in our care and the commitment Growing Grins has made to your kiddo’s oral health. And, we hope your little one is happily looking forward to their next visit.