What You Should Expect
Most infants’ teeth start coming in at the age of 6 months to a year. The recommendation among pediatric dental professionals is that infants should first visit a dentist when they have two top and two bottom teeth or when a child is one year old.
If your child is older than a year and has never been to the dentist, of course it’s not too late! Make an appointment with Growing Smiles, and we’ll check to see that your child’s oral health is progressing as it should be. Good oral health is an important part of growing up. Baby teeth are needed for developing good eating habits, learning to speak, and developing facial muscles.
The first visit will consist an examination of teeth and gums, a cleaning and fluoride varnish. X-rays may be recommended depending on your child’s age and findings. After the examination, we’ll discuss our findings with you and what you can do to ensure the healthy development of your child’s teeth. Other topics we may discuss are smart practices for cleaning their teeth, how to avoid cavities, and how to stop any bad habits like thumbsucking.
This initial visit is also important to start laying a foundation for good dental habits and to get your child comfortable with going to the dentist. We welcome parents to accompany their child/children throughout their visit. It’s important to us to make your child’s experience at Growing Smiles comfortable, stress free and yes, even fun!
We look forward to seeing you!
In order to make your first appointment as efficient as possible, we ask that you fill out in advance the new patient forms available on this page.
We accept most dental insurance policies at Growing Smiles and will do whatever we can to maximize your benefits. Coverage will ultimately depend on your insurance provider. If you do not have dental insurance for your child, we do offer flexible payment options.
We know how important the health of your child is, and our goal is to make dental care accessible to all the children in our community.
In addition to cash and check payment, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, as well as Flex Spending debit cards.
We ask that if an appointment must be cancelled you give us at least 24 hours notice. Missed appointments and same day cancellations will be assessed a $35.00 fee. We understand unexpected issues may arise, however, the more notice given the better we can care for our patients.