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First Visit

It’s FUN to be ONE at New Heights Pediatric Dentistry!

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Academy of Pediatric Medicine recommend a child’s 1st dental visit occur 6 months after the eruption of the 1st tooth or by the 1st Birthday, whichever comes first.

What Should I Expect?

Children under 3 are often referred to as being “pre-cooperative.” At this developmental stage, we don’t anticipate them being able to handle the visit without help from a caregiver. We also anticipate some tears. These tiny patients are not able to understand what is happening and they lack the communicative skills to express their fears so they respond by crying. It is normal and fully expected. This is not a projection of future behavior!

A “Lap Exam'' is done when the patient is too little or unwilling to sit in the dental chair. See the picture below. This is also a great way to brush at home!

A majority of a baby visit is spent talking about good oral health and development. It is a good time for us to get to know each other!

My baby isn’t even walking. How will they sit in the dental chair?

Lap Exams are generally done when the patient is too little or unwilling to sit in the dental chair. See the pictures below.

In Case of Injury

In case of an injury to the mouth or supporting tissues please call the office for an emergency visit. If the emergency happens outside regular office hours please call the office and you will be transferred to the doctor on call.

IF A PERMANENT/ADULT TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT OF THE MOUTH: PLACE THE TOOTH IN MILK OR SALIVA. CALL THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.