At Longmont Pediatric Dentistry, you can be confident in the dental office you have chosen for your child! From your first visit, we want you to feel welcomed and well cared for.
Longmont Pediatric Dentistry follows the guidelines of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in regards to dental x-rays and fluoride treatments. We always take into account parental preferences when treating a child, so please let us know if there is ever any treatment you would prefer we do not complete.
Our dentists and staff promote preventative dental care including a healthy diet and great oral hygiene at every visit. Because of this, we love to have parents with their child during their first visit. This gives us the opportunity to educate you as well so you can help reinforce these healthy habits at home.
Preparing for your visit
Completing paperwork prior to arriving to the office can help make sure we are able to start your child’s appointment on time. Please follow the link on this page to complete the paperwork. If you are unable to complete at home, please arrive to our office about 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment so you have plenty of time to complete the necessary paperwork. If your child has any dental benefits or insurance, please complete that information to the best of your ability so we are able to verify their benefits prior to their appointment. It is important to note that many dental insurance companies no longer provide insurance cards for their customers. If you should have any questions in regards to the paperwork or insurance, please contact us at 303-776-1194.
Preparing your child
It is extremely important to talk about dentistry in a positive manner to your child prior to their first appointment to help make it a positive experience. Avoid talking to them about dental problems you have had or negative experiences you have had at the dentist. It is also important to not use the dentist as a punishment. If you always tell your child the dentist will give them a shot if they don’t brush their teeth it makes the dentist something your child will fear.
For younger children, pretending to play dentist at home can be a fun way to prepare them for their first visit. Another great way to prepare children for their first visit is reading books that talk about going to the dentist or fun books that talk about teeth.
Some of our favorites are:
- Dr. DeSoto
- Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora)
- The Tooth Book (Dr. Seuss)
- Moose’s Loose Tooth
- Elmo Visits the Dentist
- The Tooth Book (by Edward Miller)
- Pony Brushes His Teeth
- What if You Had Animal Teeth? (great for older kids)
- Have a favorite we don’t know about? Let us know!
What To Expect
After being greeted when arriving to our office, you and your child can enjoy a few minutes relaxing in our waiting room before you and your child are brought back to our treatment areas. After familiarizing your child with our "dental tools" and equipment, we will begin their appointment. What is completed at the first appointment depends on your child's age, dental development, and comfort level at the dental office. For younger children, this may simply be a dental exam (i.e. counting their teeth). Once children are a little older and more comfortable at the dental office, their first appointment may include a cleaning, fluoride treatment and dental radiographs (in addition to their exam).