We welcome you into the treatment area for your child's initial examination. This gives you and your child an opportunity to become comfortable as well as to meet our pediatric dentists and staff. At this visit, the emphasis is on oral hygiene techniques, proper nutrition and cavity prevention. This allows us time to answer your questions and discuss dental concerns that are important to you. Dr. Gina, Dr. Gail or Dr. Kate will perform a comprehensive head and neck examination. Dental radiographs (x-rays) will be taken only if the doctor feels they are necessary to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning. Your child's assessment will also include the recognition of any possible bite problems and a plan for correction. Our goal is to teach you and your child good oral habits that will help keep your child's smile beautiful for a lifetime.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your referral slip and any X-rays if applicable
- A list of medications your child is presently taking
If you have dental insurance, bring your current insurance card. If you don't have one, we will need the subscriber number, group number, and mailing address. This will save time and allow us to help you in the processing of your claim.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at each visit. If another person must bring your child we need to have written permission to treat your child and the proper forms filled out before your child can be seen. Please notify the office in advance if an adult other than a parent or guardian will accompany your child to their appointment.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment or if they are on any medication.
If a previous dentist has taken X-rays, please have them forwarded to our office as they may be helpful in our treatment of your child.. A digital radiograph can be emailed to us. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our office. We typically will take checkup x-rays once per year unless necessary and a developmental x-ray will be taken occasionally throughout the years that your child is a patient here. Our doctors follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's guidelines to determine when x-rays are needed.