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your child's first visit

For infants, we recommend that parents bring their child in during the first year of life, normally after their first tooth eruption, and no later than their first birthday. Following a review of their medical history, an oral health exam is conducted, development is observed, and any necessary preventive steps are employed. Parental education is undertaken to ensure proper oral health practices at home. Routine six-month cleanings begin by about ages two-and-a-half to three.

First visits for children and adolescents begin with a review of their medical and dental history, along with a detailed assessment of their general oral health. A thorough cleaning is performed to remove any buildup of plaque and tartar. With each visit, the parent is notified of the current state of their child's oral health.

Any special areas that need to be addressed are discussed with the parent, along with recommended treatment options.

a special note for moms

Dr. Michele and staff treat each child as if they were their own. They work closely with moms (or dads) that bring their child in for treatment, to ensure proper oral health habits at home. Dr. Michele and staff will discuss the importance of good nutrition, oral hygiene (brushing and flossing), and whether the parent's home is on public water or well water (fluorinated water or non-fluorinated water). Parent consultations serve to reduce cavity formation, to provide an opportunity to review treatment options, and to answer parent's questions about their child's oral health.