Getting Started

First Appointment

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first visit occur around 12 months of age. We want to get you started with proper oral care, including diet, fluoride, finger and pacifier habits and “tooth eruption,” which is the process of your child’s teeth entering the mouth and becoming visible.

Getting ready for your appointment

Do’s and don’ts of preparing your child for their first big day at VPD:


  • Discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. You play a large role preparing your child for the first visit.
  • Act relaxed and at ease – children can sense your anxiety. Explain that the dentist is going to take photos of their teeth.
  • Let your child know that visiting a dentist is a step in growing up.


  • Please do not tell your child that the "dentist will not hurt," as this may never have entered his or her mind. Assure your child that the dentist will be gentle and friendly.
  • Avoid using the words "needle, shot, pull,” or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. We will explain each of our procedures to children in terms they can understand before we perform them.

We are committed to helping you and your child feel comfortable. It’s what we do!

Your First Visit to VPD

It’s the big day. Here’s what to expect:

  • Health history – Our staff will review the health history form with you at the first visit.
  • Tour of the office -- Your child will meet our team and tour the office. You are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area during the initial exam. That way your dentist can discuss findings and treatment with you
  • Exam -- Your dentist will perform a head and neck examination. And evaluate the health of the teeth, gums and your child's bite.
  • Cleaning -- Your child will receive a dental cleaning and fluoride.
  • Dental radiographs (X-rays) -- Taken only when they are necessary.
  • Additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.
  • Crying – It happens! Sometimes it actually helps with the exam with infants. This is a normal reaction to new experiences.

At Home

  • Proper tooth brushing techniques – We will talk with your child about this during the visit. However, follow-up by parents is essential.
  • Flossing and food – Floss between your child's teeth to help prevent cavities. Avoid "sticky foods" such as gummy bears, gummy vitamins, fruit roll-ups and raisins.

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