Before First Visit


We want your child’s first visit to be great and set the foundation for a lifetime of great dental visits.  It is good to inform your child where they are going and to be positive about going to the dentist.  Explain that the dentist is a friendly doctor who helps them take care of their teeth. 

Don’t use any negative words or tell your child about your own anxiety regarding the upcoming dental visit as this can cause unnecessary fear. Examples of words not to say are shot, needle, drill, hurt and pull. A dental visit should not be a punishment or threat.  We will explain everything to your child during their visit and use friendly words that are non-threatening.

First Visit Under 3


Our practice, as well as the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that children see a dentist and establish a Dental Home by their first birthday.  There are multiple goals of early dental visits.  Most importantly, early visits help to establish good oral hygiene and dietary practices to prevent tooth decay.  Finger and pacifier habits are addressed and cavity risk is evaluated.  Trauma to the baby teeth is common, especially in toddlers.  Having a Dental Home for your child gives you a place to turn when dental injuries occur. 

Dr. Hoban or Dr. Row will perform an exam, which includes assessment of the teeth, gums and evaluation for oral disease.  A cleaning allows for a thorough examination and removal of plaque and stains on the teeth.  Depending on your child’s risk of developing decay, a fluoride treatment may be recommended by Dr. Hoban or Dr. Row.  We will also address any concerns or questions you may have.  During these early visits, your child may cry but be assured that they will not experience any pain and you will be with your child to comfort them.

First Visit 3 Years and Up


By 3 years old, your child is most likely ready for a “big kid” cleaning.  We take the time to “tell” “show” and “do” so your child is not surprised with any portion of their visit. This visit will entail a cleaning of the teeth including any tartar or stain, polishing, flossing and application of fluoride varnish.  “Cavity detecting” and “developmental” x-rays, will also be taken if necessary.  Dr. Hoban or Dr. Row will then do a thorough examination of the head, neck, teeth, gums and bite. 

All findings and recommendations are discussed with you as well as age-appropriate oral hygiene instruction.  This visit helps you and your child get to know us in order to create a lasting, trusting relationship.