Welcome to your new Dental Home!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages the first dental visit at the time the first tooth erupts, no later than age one. Whether you have just moved to the area or this is your child’s first dental visit, we are here to guide you through the process.
The first dental visit can be an exciting (and sometimes stressful) time for parents and their child. If you have questions or concerns about you child's first dental visit, please contact us, we are here to help.
Question: Am I allowed to go back with my child?
Question: What happens if my child has cavities?
Answer: We offer a variety of treatment options for your child. We will discuss each option thoroughly and work together to determine which is the best option for your child.
Question: Is my child going to cry?
Answer: Every child reacts differently to new environments. Be assured that crying is a common, natural reaction in new situations. Our goal is for you and your child to have as comfortable a dental experience as possible.
Question: What can I do at home to prepare my child for the first dental visit?
- Practice at home. Have your child lay back on the floor or in your lap. Teach your child to "open" his/her mouth. Practice brushing your child's teeth while laying back. (Hint - Dr. Adair uses this technique regularly when brushing her own children's teeth!)
- Bring your child in a couple days before the appointment just to say "hi" and meet our team.
- Read a story about going to the dentist.
- Avoid using the "H" or "P" words (Hurt, Painful). Even if you say "It won't hurt" it can imply that it might hurt.
- Sometimes children will cry regardless. Stay calm and let our team guide you and your child through the appointment.
Get started in 3 simple steps:
- Call 703-440-9701 to schedule an appointment.
- Fill out Demographic Information & Office Policies and Medical History Form.*
- Bring your child, dental insurance card and completed forms to the appointment.
*Unable to print and fill out forms ahead of time? No problem! You can fill them out at our office. Please arrive 15 minutes early.