We make kids dentistry our priority in Berks County, PA
We, at Pediatric Dentistry of Reading, as well as The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and The American Dental Association (ADA), recommend that your child see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her 1st birthday.
Knowing what to expect at your child’s first dental visit can help eliminate any anxiety about this milestone for both you and your child.
This visit will take about 30 minutes. At this exam (and every subsequent exam) we will do a close inspection of your child’s lips, cheeks, tongue, floor/roof of mouth, throat, teeth and gums. Your child will receive a thorough cleaning and a fluoride treatment will be completed. Depending on age, ability to cooperate, and necessity, X-rays may be taken to help us “see” what is happening between the teeth and below the gums. We also evaluate your child’s growth and development, bite, and the spacing of your child’s dentition. Any oral habits including thumb/finger sucking or pacifier use can be discussed as well as any need for orthodontic referral.
After the visit is complete, the doctor will discuss all findings from the exam and x-rays, reviewing any additional treatment if needed.
Parents are welcome to relax and enjoy the amenities in the waiting area or accompany their child during his/her visit.
- Our exam area features pediatric sized chairs with a layout that is open and inviting, encouraging independence in young or anxious patients.
- While parents are always welcome to stay with their child during visits, once you and your child are comfortable we encourage you to allow your child to gain independence and confidence by having a member of our dental team to accompany your child through his/her dental visit.
Some ways you can prepare your child for this visit are:
- Reading books about visiting the dentist
- Practice brushing at home
- Answering any questions he/she may have about the dentist in a positive way
- The parents’ outlook can greatly influence their child’s outlook. Refraining from using words that have a negative connotation (hurt, drill, pull, shot, needle, pinch, pain etc.) will help your child look forward to his/her dental visit.
- The dentist and staff will answer any and all questions your child may have before, during, and after the visit using positive, kid-friendly language.
It is important for the safety of your child that we know all about him/her before we begin. To make your first visit as easy as possible:
- Please arrive 15 minutes early and be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms.
- Don’t forget to bring your dental insurance card, list of any medications your child is taking, and any school forms requiring a signature.
- Make any allergies your child may have known to staff.
- Let us know if your child requires medication prior to having dental treatment.
- Please understand that a parent or legal guardian must accompany any patient under the age of 18 years.
As an added convenience to you, our paperwork can be found HERE and filled out ahead of time.
If you can’t complete the forms ahead of time don’t worry – we will have them waiting for you when you get here.
Our primary goal is to make your child as comfortable as possible while visiting with us and to create an environment that he/she will enjoy returning to in the future.