All Family Dental - Oakdale

Child’s First Dental Visit in Oakdale

A child's very first visit to the dentist sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy oral habits.
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A lifetime of smiles starts with a good foundation

Give your kids a great start building good oral hygiene habits and monitor their progress as they grow into their beautiful smiles. We understand how challenging and rewarding family care can be and kids need extra special consideration. Having a healthy smile is such an important part of childhood, let’s get them started on the right path with guidance that’s personalized for their needs.

Building a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles Begins Early

Kickstart your children’s journey to maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits and watch them develop their perfect smiles. Navigating family dental care can be both a challenge and a joy, and children require thoughtful attention. A vibrant, healthy smile is a crucial aspect of a child’s life. Let’s guide them on the right track with customised advice tailored to their unique needs.

Preparing for Your Child's First Dentist Visit

Feel free to chat with your child about going to the dentist soon. The first visit aims to make your child comfortable, have a good time, and start a friendly relationship with the dentist. Not knowing what will happen can make some kids feel nervous. Here’s what to expect at your child’s first appointment:

Communication

We’ll chat with both you and your child, explaining what we’ll be doing, why we’re doing it, and introducing your child to some of the tools we use in a way that’s easy for them to understand. We use kid-friendly lingo and explain any dental terms so that your child can feel as relaxed and confident as possible. See, there’s nothing to be scared of here!

Careful Examination

Our team will carefully check your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall oral health with a gentle touch. This examination aims to identify any areas of concern or spots that might require additional care at home. We’ll offer customised advice and ensure to focus more on these specific areas in the next visit.

Teaching Good Dental Habits

We’ll ask your child to show us how they brush their teeth and offer simple tips for better brushing at home. We’re happy to answer any questions about dental care you or your child might have.

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During your visit, we’ll thoroughly assess your teeth, gums, soft tissues, and the alignment and health of your bite. We aim to understand the overall health and functionality of your mouth. Knowing the current state of your smile’s health and appearance, as well as your dental goals, is crucial before we design your treatment plan. Let us know what you wish to accomplish with your smile, and we’ll guide you every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Children typically begin teething around 6 months of age. We suggest that they have their first dental visit by 1 year old or within 6 months after their first tooth appears. If you notice any signs of discomfort, pain, or if you’re concerned about your child’s oral health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment immediately. Remember, it’s never too late to bring your child in for their initial dental check-up.

Baby teeth play a crucial role beyond just being placeholders for adult teeth. It’s important for parents to recognise that these primary teeth significantly influence a child’s facial development, smile, and their willingness to smile. Early confidence and the habit of smiling freely can have a lasting positive effect. Conversely, dental discomfort, even if it seems minor and becomes normalised, can negatively affect a child’s eating habits, including their chewing ability, food preferences, and overall food intake.

The duration of your child’s first visit can vary based on their individual needs and their cooperation level during the examination. Generally, you can expect the appointment to last around one hour.

Following their initial appointment, your child should visit the dentist with the same regularity as an adult. It is normal to schedule a check-up and cleaning every six months, unless advised otherwise. Should your child experience any tooth or jaw pain, frequently touch or hold their jaw, or shy away from hard or cold foods, please arrange for an earlier appointment.

Your mouth is more than just your teeth; it’s a complex system that includes your teeth, tongue, gums, cheeks, glands, ligaments, joints, and bones. If one part of this system is affected, it impacts the overall health of your mouth. Symptoms like swollen, itchy, sore, or bleeding gums can be early signs of a deeper issue that could affect your oral health significantly.

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Samantha Kae
6 months ago
My husband had a great experience here. He has been to many dental offices and has always had pain during the procedure. Thanks to Dr. Anderson and Shayla he felt nothing at all through both an extraction and a root canal. Our family would very much recommend these guys and will always be receiving our dental work here!
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Joni H
1 year ago
Our family made the switch to All Family Dental when the dental office that we had been going to for over 20 years said that the next available appointment was 10 months away! Actually, they did us a favor because we couldn’t be happier with All Family Dental. Not only are they very accommodating with appointment times, but the entire staff is personable and technically top notch!
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Bryan Foss
1 year ago
Dr. Kevin and his assistant Sara were absolutely fantastic. I have never had the personable service and feeling like my best interests were the most important. I have found my forever dentist. I will definitely be sending people I care about there!
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I wanted to share the incredible experience I had at All Family Dental today. Elizabeth was my dental hygienist. She has such personal and professional chairside manners. She makes me feel very welcome from the minute I sit down. She tells me exactly what she will be doing so there are no surprises. At this appointment, she needed to share with me that I brush my teeth too hard. However, rather then accusing me of brushing incorrectly, she walked me through a series of questions that allowed me to determine I could change my brushing technique and preserve my pearly whites even longer. Thanks, Elizabeth, you're a dental ROCK STAR!
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Dr Anderson, Dr Tim and the staff Shayla, Marlena, Mary, Tara, Melanie, are VERY professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I’ve been coming here for a year now and every time I come in they know me by name - very impressive. That’s the high level of attention to detail they provide. Walking into All Family Dental gives me a friendly feeling of warmth, comfort, and confidence that I am right were I want to be for my dental work. I would recommend All Family Dental to any and all of my friends and family. I consider myself very fortunate that I found such a solid dental practice with such wonderful people. You will too!
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Samantha Kae
6 months ago
My husband had a great experience here. He has been to many dental offices and has always had pain during the procedure. Thanks to Dr. Anderson and Shayla he felt nothing at all through both an extraction and a root canal. Our family would very much recommend these guys and will always be receiving our dental work here!
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Joni H
1 year ago
Our family made the switch to All Family Dental when the dental office that we had been going to for over 20 years said that the next available appointment was 10 months away! Actually, they did us a favor because we couldn’t be happier with All Family Dental. Not only are they very accommodating with appointment times, but the entire staff is personable and technically top notch!
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Bryan Foss
1 year ago
Dr. Kevin and his assistant Sara were absolutely fantastic. I have never had the personable service and feeling like my best interests were the most important. I have found my forever dentist. I will definitely be sending people I care about there!
More
I wanted to share the incredible experience I had at All Family Dental today. Elizabeth was my dental hygienist. She has such personal and professional chairside manners. She makes me feel very welcome from the minute I sit down. She tells me exactly what she will be doing so there are no surprises. At this appointment, she needed to share with me that I brush my teeth too hard. However, rather then accusing me of brushing incorrectly, she walked me through a series of questions that allowed me to determine I could change my brushing technique and preserve my pearly whites even longer. Thanks, Elizabeth, you're a dental ROCK STAR!
More
Dr Anderson, Dr Tim and the staff Shayla, Marlena, Mary, Tara, Melanie, are VERY professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I’ve been coming here for a year now and every time I come in they know me by name - very impressive. That’s the high level of attention to detail they provide. Walking into All Family Dental gives me a friendly feeling of warmth, comfort, and confidence that I am right were I want to be for my dental work. I would recommend All Family Dental to any and all of my friends and family. I consider myself very fortunate that I found such a solid dental practice with such wonderful people. You will too!
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