Infant Dental Care

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a pediatric dentist should see an infant no later than the baby’s first birthday. We specialize in infant oral health exams and parent education. We recommend that both mom and dad come to their baby’s first visit.  This early appointment is one of the best things you can do for your baby.  Our doctors will examine your baby’s teeth, check for decay, make sure teeth are erupting in the right order, screen all the oral tissues for diseases, determine proper jaw development and give valuable information on infant oral care and proper nutrition.  Ask about our FREE new patient exam off for new patients under three years old. 

First Visit to Weideman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

The first dental visit is the foundation of a growing relationship between our dental office and your child. We feel it is important that your child be allowed to become familiar with our office environment and staff as soon as their teeth start to appear.

At the new patient appointment, the dentist and staff will spend quality time getting to know you and your child. We teach your child to be comfortable with dentistry by explaining the procedures and demonstrating the equipment in a fun and imaginative way. The office visit will include a thorough oral examination, x-rays if required, a cleaning and fluoride application.

A complete review of your child’s medical health and any special needs or concerns will be addressed. More complicated procedures, such as fillings, should be done at a later visit after your child has become familiar with the office. We conclude the first visit with an office tour.

Your child will also receive stickers, a prize, toothbrush and floss, as well as an oral hygiene demonstration and nutrition counseling. You will receive a summary of your child’s oral health and future dental needs. We look forward to your visit and hope you and your child will have the dental experience of a lifetime.

How Parents Can Help

We feel parental involvement is extremely important. Preparing your child for the first visit by reading recommended books, playing pretend dentist and being positive about the dental experience is very helpful. Please refer to the Pediatric Dentistry section of our website.

At the end of each appointment, parents are invited to reward their child with words of praise for a job well done.

We enjoy establishing a trusting friendship with each child and their parents. We teach parents that it’s fun to converse with their child using our gentle dental terminology.

Nutritional counseling is provided to parents that will assist them with packing lunches and snacks for school. We also help parents figure out what may be the cause of cavities for their child and give them many ideas for preventing dental decay.

Routine dental care, such as six-month cleaning and examination appointments, can also develop lasting friendships with our dental team. Children learn by watching their parents. Regular tooth brushing and flossing can be a fun family event.

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Recommended Books

  • “Barney Goes to the Dentist” by Linda Cress Dowdy
  • “Just Going to the Dentist” by Mercer Mayer
  • “The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist” by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Gentle Dental Terminology

  • We’re Going to Count Your Teeth – Examination
  • Tooth Counter – Explorer
  • Pictures of Your Teeth – X-Rays
  • Bubbles for Your Teeth – Fluoride
  • Tooth Paint – Dr. Andrea - Show and Tell 1st AppointmentSealant
  • Straw – Suction
  • Wiggle Tooth – Pull Tooth
  • Jelly – Topical Anesthetic
  • Sleepy Juice – Novocain
  • Pillow – Cotton
  • Tooth Bug – Cavity
  • We’re Going to Brush the Bug Off Your Tooth – Drilling
  • Filling up the House the Bug Left on Your Tooth – Filling
  • Mr. Bumpy – Slow Speed Drill
  • Tooth Smoother or Electric Toothbrush– High Speed Drill
  • Silver Star – Amalgam Filling
  • White Star – Composite Filling
  • Protection Hat for Your Tooth – Crown