First Dental Visit
Your child's first dental visit!
Before the first dental visit
Prepare your child
If possible, schedule morning appointments so young children are alert and fresh. For the older child, give him/her a general idea of why going to the Dentist is healthy and something to look forward to.
Have a list of questions and concerns about early childhood dental care for discussion with Dr. Wacker and Dr. Kirby.
Fill our patient forms
Your child's comfort is our priority
We expect a certain amount of anxiety and fear at the first visit and a soothing calm approach helps your child relax. We never push the boundaries of comfort for your child and encourage active participation in the exam by sharing with the child what we are doing and what we will be doing next.
With younger (babies and toddlers) children we will do a “knee to knee” examination which means you will hold your child in your lap and lay them back onto the lap of the dentist. With cooperation we will use a toothbrush to remove surface plaque and do a “toothbrush prophy” and use a brush to apply fluoride. Fluoride helps by replenishing the calcium and phosphate ions that make your child’s teeth harder and more protected from dental decay. For older children we will use a rotary tool that uses a fine fluoridated paste to remove stains.
If a restorative procedure is needed, a future appointment will be made so that we may prepare your child for any needed procedures. This way we can alleviate any stress which can lead to fear and anxiety over time. Since we want to have a long and enduring relationship with you and your child(ren) we hope to inspire confidence and trust in our office!
safety and materials
Dental Materials Fact Sheet
Patient health and the safety of dental treatments are primary goal of Loma Linda Children’s Dental Group. Find out everything about the materials we use by clicking the button below.
Financial arrangements are discussed during the initial visit. Dr. Wacker and his team are committed to guiding parents in choosing the best payment option for their child’s needs. We accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover as well as Care Credit Financing.
We accept all PPO dental plans in which you can choose your dentist. While we are considered an “out of network” provider, our office will do everything possible to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits. As a courtesy, our office will provide you with an estimate of your insurance plan coverage with our office, as well as complete and submit your insurance forms on your behalf. Please note, ultimately you are responsible for all expenses incurred. We urge you to read your insurance plan’s policy so that you are fully aware of coverage and any limitations of the benefits provided.