FIRST DENTAL VISIT Written By: Dr. Ankita Shah, August 2018

First Dental Visit

My staff and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome your child to our dental practice.

1 + 1 = ZERO

ONE dental visit when there is ONE tooth equals to ZERO cavities We believe that most of the dental disease can be prevented by starting your child's treatment at an early age i.e. by his/her first birthday. You can help us make this goal possible.

It is important that your child's first dental visit is positive and enjoyable as possible. The first dental visit lays the foundation for future behavioral attitude towards dentistry. At the first appointment we wish to become acquainted with your child and examine your child's mouth.



Full mouth Cleaning

Fluoride Treatment


It is important that your child's first visit be as natural as possible. You being the parent can help us by not over emphasizing the forthcoming dental appointment. Let it not come as a surprise. Try preparing your child to expect a new experience in an exciting way. You should just mention in a matter of fact that the child has been scheduled to see the dentist and that the dentist will count, clean and take pictures of the teeth. Do not use words like "Poor baby", "It won't hurt" which may alarm your child that something is wrong. Rather use words like "You are a great helper", "Proud of you", "Good job" to positively reinforce your child. We also recommend using a few books to prepare your child for the first dental visit. These books are easily available at the clinic which you can purchase prior to the scheduled appointment.

At future appointments we will indicate other ways in which you can be instrumental in maintaining your child's dental health.


We want your child to experience dentistry in and fun and exciting way. You as a parent play an instrumental role in helping us attain an excellent rapport with your child. Your encouraging approach will help us partner with you in delivering a good dental health to your child.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you to allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience.

Your absence will help us develop a bond with your child. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose to accompany your child to the treatment room, you may sit quietly at one end and not answer or respond to your child's questions. Our team will efficiently answer all the required questions to make your child comfortable.

For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

We are highly experienced in helping children overcome their anxiety. Separation anxiety is common in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will diminish soon. Studies and experience has shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when they are permitted to experience a dental visit on their own.

Your co-operation will go a long way in your child enjoying a pleasant and successful dental experience.