first visit

Pediatric Dentistry:

First Birthday, First Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry along with the American Academy of Pediatric Medicine recommend that children have their first dental visit by age one.

First dental visits for babies are less clinical and more educational. Think of this first visit as a "well baby check" for your child's teeth. We will review brushing techniques and let you know if you need to floss your baby's teeth. Dr. Ozzie will conduct a thorough oral examination and also review fluoride use, thumbsucking and pacifier habits, and your baby's feeding habits with you. The visit will also include a nutrition consultation.

The earlier the visit, the better the chance you have of learning how to prevent dental disease and helping your child belong to the cavity-free generation. Also, by establishing a relationship early with us, should an emergency arise, a surprise visit will not seem as scary for your child and you will not be frantically scrambling to find a dentist after-hours.

You can make your child's first visit enjoyable and positive. Tell your child in advance that they will be meeting some nice "tooth counters and tooth cleaners" that will help them take care of their teeth. For younger children, try reading some children's books before your visit or have fun role-playing, acting like you or your child are the dentist.

At your first appointment, we will review brushing and flossing techniques as well as clean and polish your child's teeth depending on their age and cooperation. X-rays may be taken and will be based on your child's age, dental development, and cavity risk. Our initial appointment also includes a nutrition and preventative consultation. If treatment is indicated, we will develop a written treatment plan and review it with you in detail, explaining our findings and recommendations.


We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important 30-60 minute visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs and wants. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we ask that you fill out the "New Patient Forms" listed below, prior to your appointment time.

During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
  • Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?

While we can often answer these general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. Due to the importance of this first "get to know you visit", we invite all guardians who are involved in the decision making process to attend in person.

What to bring to your first visit:

In order to expedite this process, please assist us by:

  • Bringing your insurance card if you have orthodontic insurance.
  • The completed Patient Information & Health History Form, which can be found under our forms section.

By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.