What to Expect

We’ll start slowly with a conversation to build trust. Dr. O will explain what he’ll be doing and show your child the various tools he will use. Next, the hygienist will clean and polish your child’s and inspect the for decay. If your child has fillings, the hygienist will check them to make sure they are intact. During the cleaning, the hygienist will remove tartar (mineral buildup), floss your child’s teeth, polish them, and if appropriate apply fluoride.

Then Dr. O will examine your child’s teeth, gums and jaw to search for any issues. He’ll share what he finds with you and provide useful guidance for ways to encourage healthy oral hygiene habits with your child. If he identifies a need for a more in-depth treatment plan, he’ll explain everything to you and answer any questions.

Tips for Your First Visit

Fill out all forms online ahead of time
Prepare your child by taliking about Dr. O
Be sure to bring:
  • Your insurance card
  • A favorite toy or book
Plan for 20 - 40 minutes

Regular Checkups & Cleaning

Once your child gets his or her first tooth, you should plan to bring them to Dr. O every six months for a checkup. This frequency is also what The American Dental Association recommends.

Consistent dental exams and cleaning are a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums and detecting any problems early.

Regular dental exams can help:

Avoid costly and expensive dental procedures
Prevent tooth decay and gum disease
Remove stains from food and drinks
Reduce the time spent in the dentist office
Ensure a healthy smile