We love new patients! Our pediatric dentists want to make sure you have everything you need to help your child’s first visit go smoothly. Fill out our New Patient Form and call our pediatric dental office if you have any questions.
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Your Child’s First Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child see a dentist within 6 months of getting their first tooth or by their first birthday. That way, ourwill be able to monitor your child’s oral growth and development. They’ll also be able to give you tips on how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.
One of our pediatric dentists will perform a knee-to-knee exam if your child is too small to sit in our dental chair. During this type of oral exam, one of our pediatric dentists will sit knee-to-knee with you while your child lays in your lap facing you. You’ll then need to wrap your child’s legs around your waist and lower your child’s head onto our dentist’s lap. We also ask that you hold your child’s hands over their tummy to help them hold still. Your cooperation is absolutely essential for keeping your child safe during an infant oral health exam.
If your child is older and seeing the dentist for the first time, you’ll need to casually bring up the subject. Frame going to the dentist as a positive experience and avoid negative words like “pain”, “shot”, or “drill”. Our pediatric dentists will keep your child’s first appointment simple, examining the inside of their mouth and talking about oral health using kid-friendly language. If your child is big enough, we’ll have them sit in the dental chair for the initial oral examination.
During your child’s first dentist appointment, they’ll see either Dr. Stephanie Kloostra or Dr. Taryn Weil. Both of our pediatric dentists have undergone specialized training in child psychology, sedation, and behavior management.
Call Hudsonville Dental Kids
Our pediatric dentists in Hudsonville, MI are looking forward to meeting you and your child. To schedule an appointment with Hudsonville Dental Kids, call (616) 209-4039. You may also request a tour of our pediatric dental office if you think that would help your child feel more at ease during their first appointment with us.