Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by 1 year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
What to Expect
Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, and high-quality dental care. We understand your child may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to children’s needs, and it is our goal to make your child feel comfortable visiting our practice while we provide the best possible care.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
During your child’s first visit, we will review the dental and medical history forms, and do an exam of his or her teeth. Depending on the age of your child, he or she will either be given a knee-to-knee examination (where your baby’s head will rest on our doctor’s knee while their body is on your lap) or a regular exam in the dental chair. We will clean and polish your child's teeth, and inspect for cavities or early signs of tooth decay or gingivitis. Dr. Von Gruben will meet with you and your child to discuss the exam, help create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have.
Dr. Von Gruben encourages parents to accompany their child during the first visit as well as any future visits to learn about prevention and the full range of treatment options available. Parents are always welcome in our treatment areas.