First Visit

What to expect at your child’s first visit

At West Side Kids Dentistry, our goal is to prepare you and your child for a lifetime of dental health. We want every visit to be stress-free so there will be no need to be anxious about future appointments! Your child’s first dental visit will be focused on us becoming familiar with one another and establishing a trusting relationship between Dr. Riina, you, and your child. By customizing your dental experience to your unique needs, we can deliver a better, more personalized quality of care.

At your first visit, Dr. Riina will go through recommendations for oral hygiene and a healthy diet, helping you create an effective at-home oral care routine. We know how hard it can be to keep up with your child’s oral care, and pledge a compassionate approach to every visit.

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What to bring to the appointment

To streamline your first visit at West Side Kids Dentistry, please prepare to bring the following important things:

  • Your child’s medical history
  • A list of any medications your child is taking
  • Your insurance information, if applicable
  • Digital new patient forms
  • Favorite toy or stuffed animal

How to prepare your child for their first visit to West Side Kids Dentistry

We find that an effective and comfortable visit begins before you even walk through our practice doors. There are times when parents unintentionally pass their own negative associations, or fear of dental experiences or professionals onto their children. Before your child’s visit, we find it is best not to use any triggering or fear-inspiring words. Avoiding words like “pain”, “drill”, or “shot” is a great start! Let your children understand that their dental appointment should be a pleasant, beneficial experience where the dentist will answer questions and clean their teeth to make sure their mouths stay healthy. Talking with your child about Dr. Riina as though she is your own trusted friend will help to encourage your child’s trust. Showing them the staff and practice pictures here on our website will also make them feel more familiar, and even excited for when they get to come into the office for the first time.

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Ask about a free first visit!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that each child should be seen for an oral evaluation within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. That’s why we’re offering free exams for our new patients who are under 3 years old.

Ask about making a FREE first appointment today!

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