First Visit

Pediatric Dentistry in Glen Ellyn, IL

At DPD Smiles, our patients are our number one priority. We strive to provide high quality dental treatment while maintaining a friendly, welcoming, and easy going office environment, and we work hard to design personalized treatment plans to help every patient develop healthy dental habits. We love helping our patients achieve healthier smiles, and we're always excited to meet new patients during their first visit.

When Should My Child Have Their First Appointment?

We can see your child for their first visit either after their teeth begin to erupt or by age one – whichever comes first. This may seem a little early to start dental care, but it's important that we see your child early on in their life. An early visit allows us to examine the child’s teeth and mouth to ensure everything is developing normally, and helps your child get used to dental visits and become more comfortable with our office.

Preparing for the First Visit

Your child's first visit to our office is an important and exciting time, and there are a number of things you can do to prepare. Leading up to the visit, we encourage you to discuss the dentist with your child (if they’re old enough) and talk about what feelings they have about the visit. Children look to their parents for emotional guidance, so even if you are feeling anxious, we encourage you to use a calm, supportive tone when discussing the visit. We encourage parents to sit in the exam room with their child, and if your child has a favorite toy or blanket, you're welcome to bring that as well.

It's generally best to leave other children at home, but it can be helpful to bring another adult along. You'll need to fill out some forms at the start of the visit, so having another adult to keep your child company can help keep them calm while you're taking care of the paperwork.

What to Expect During the Visit

Overall, we strive to make the first checkup a stress-free experience. While we occasionally do find dental decay and need to start on treatment, often, the initial checkup is just a routine exam that's more about getting to know your child than anything else. We'll also perform a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that the teeth are developing normally and check for any signs of dental decay or oral disease.

After the exam, we'll talk with you and your child about proper oral health and hygiene practices including diet, brushing, and flossing. Depending on your child's dental situation, we may also recommend supplemental treatments like fluoride gels. In any case, we'll explain everything in detail and take the time to answer any questions you have.

Schedule Your Initial Examination at Our Glen Ellyn, IL Office!

Healthy dental development starts early, and if your child is ready to start down the path towards a lifetime of healthy smiles, we're ready to guide them. At DPD Smiles, we're proud to treat patients from infancy all the way through adolescence. We also specialize in treating patients with special needs. If you're ready to schedule your child's first appointment with us, we encourage you to call today at 630-469-7696, reach out to us at our contact page, or request an appointment online at our Glen Ellyn office.


More questions about taking care of your baby's dental health? Download Dr. Joshi's PDF on Infant & Child Oral Healthcare to learn more!


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