First Visit

Pediatric Dentist, Gig Harbor, WA, Lisa A. Block, DMD, MSWhen you arrive for your first visit, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your child’s dental treatment. We will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with our office.

Your child’s initial exam will last approximately 45 minutes. Oral hygiene instructions will be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your child’s teeth. In most cases, we will also clean your child’s teeth on this first visit and provide an evaluation that will outline any existing dental problems and proposed treatment.

Infants and Children

Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy lifetime habits. We want to share with you the latest available methods for keeping your child’s teeth healthy and safe.

The first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than the child’s first birthday. Beginning tooth and mouth examinations early may lead to detection of early stages of tooth decay that can be easily treated. At the first visit we will present:

  • A program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet and the importance of fluorides.
  • A caries risk assessment.
  • Information about Early Childhood Caries, which may be due to inappropriate nursing habits or inappropriate use of sippy cups.
  • The latest facts about finger, thumb and pacifier habits.
  • What you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth.
  • Information on growth and development.

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