Your First Visit
NOVA Children’s Dentistry follows the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which recommends a child’s first dental visit be scheduled when the first tooth comes in and no later than a child’s first birthday. We specialize in infant oral health exams and parent education. Baby teeth are needed for proper chewing, learning to speak, developing jaw muscles, and good self-esteem. Children who begin their dental experience early, almost always become the most confident patients for years to come.
We understand that parents and patients will have questions prior to their first appointment, so this section provides information to help answer questions and to prepare for your first appointment.
All new patients are asked to complete our new patient form prior to their first appointment. Please download the form and bring it with you to the office for your first appointment.
At the initial visit, Dr. Rodriguez and staff will spend quality time getting to know you and your child. By explaining procedures and demonstrating the equipment in a fun and imaginative ways, children learn to be comfortable with dentistry. Parents are welcome to accompany children into the treatment area for the first visit, which begins with a complete review of your child’s medical and dental history.
We examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums, and evaluate any adverse habits, such as thumb-sucking. Dental x-rays are only taken if necessary, followed by oral hygiene instruction, a cleaning, and fluoride varnish application. If your child is reluctant for the dental cleaning or x-rays, we may recommend postponing that portion of the procedure for a later time, unless there is an urgent need or concern. At the conclusion of the comprehensive examination, any dental findings and treatment will be discussed.