First Visits

Establishing Lifelong Healthy Habits

Why Your Kid Should See a Pediatric Dentist

Creating a positive experience for children during first time dental appointments will have a lasting impact on their dental health and overall general attitude about oral care. Attending regular six month visits routinely and focusing on preventive care will get your child comfortable with the process and ensure that any dental health issues are caught in their early stages. Our encouraging, educational, and empowering approach at Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry will also help decrease any dental anxieties, and increase their chances of being proactive throughout adulthood when it comes to establishing healthy dental habits.

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Starting a Love for the World of Dentistry

When Should Your Child Have Their First Dental Appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children should have their first dental appointment before their first birthday, or when their first tooth erupts (whichever comes first). First visits help establish familiarity and a sense of trust and comfort so your child can grow up looking forward to visiting the dentist. At Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry, we’re committed to making every visit educational and comforting to establish a proper oral health routine to last a lifetime.


What to Expect at Your Child’s First Visit

Dr. Matt and the rest of the Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry team are excited to meet you and your child! Based on your child’s age, we will gently assess their smile and oral development, conduct a thorough cleaning, provide helpful tips for a healthy smile, and answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s dental care. For our new patients, we also offer a $199* special which includes: 

  • Cleaning
  • Exam
  • X-Rays

*New patients only. Not valid in cases of periodontal disease. Not valid for use with insurance.

What to Bring to Your Child’s First Visit

Preparing for a Positive Experience

We want you and your child to have the best experience possible at our office. To make your appointment as easy as possible, here are a few things to bring with you to our office:

  • New patient forms. Bring your new patient forms. These are available on our site to fill out and submit before your visit to save you time. You may also print them at home and fill them out before your first visit to expedite your child’s appointment.
  • Bring any insurance cards. We’re happy to help you verify accepted insurances and go over what treatments are covered.
  • Bring a big smile. Bring a big smile. We love seeing your smile!
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How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Visit

To avoid any anxiety and fear, it is important to prepare children for their first dental visit and set reasonable expectations. Maintaining a sense of optimism, staying relaxed, and using positive reinforcement will help a child have a pleasant first dental visit. For parents, we recommend preparing a list of any questions or concerns our team can answer during this initial appointment. There is also a great Daniel Tiger video on our website that teaches children about going to the dentist.

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