What to Expect During Your First Visit
If your child is under 4 years of age, we typically do a Knee-Knee-Exam (Pictured below)
A Knee-Knee-Exam will allow you child to get acclimated to the dental setting while being in the comforting arms of their care-giver. In this position, the doctor will do and examination, cleaning, and fluoride application. Remember the goal of a first visit exam is to create a positive experience for your child where he/she can start to build a positive outlook towards Oral Health.
If we think a cleaning will damage the psyche of a child and cause him/her to remember his/her first visit negatively, we may not attempt a full spin brush cleaning.
***If you want to visit the office to get a feel of our vibe before scheduling an appointment, you are welcomed to take a tour and walk through of our office. Please call the office and let us know if you will be dropping by. We encourage families to get to know us to make sure that we are a right fit for you and your child.
Superstar Tips for making your child's visit go well.
Practice with you child instructing him/her to open their mouth while laying down in the Knee-to-Knee position.
Inform your child that we will be counting and brushing his/her teeth.
Children absorb and hear a lot more than we perceive. Do not refer to the dental visit in a negative manner or as a form of punishment. Please do not say the following lines:
"I hated going to the dentist as a child", "The dentist scares me", or "It'll just hurt a little."
"You better brush your teeth or dentist is going to pull out all your teeth!
At Silicon Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we try our hardest to make each visit a positive and successful experience. We will not force you or your child to do anything that you are uncomfortable with.