Welcome, Parents!


Looking for the best pediatric dentist for your child? You’ve come to the right place. Smiles 1st Children’s Dentistry provides the highest quality care in a fun, friendly setting. Many of our patients ask, “When can I come back?” Imagine that!

During the initial examination, the parent/legal guardian must be present, as well as for any treatment other than routine dental procedures. We assure a comfortable, fun atmosphere for both kids and parents. Come in and make yourself at home!

For cancellation or rescheduling your appointment, please give 24 hours’ notice to the office where you are scheduled. A reasonable fee may be charged if less notice is given. Thank you for your understanding! We are thrilled to have you as a part of the Smiles 1st family!

Your child’s teeth from birth to adulthood

Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs. Your child’s teeth and jaw will undergo many changes from the time they’re born until they reach full maturity as adults. Here’s a look at the stages of dental development.

Infant/toddler:

Babies are born with 20 primary teeth situated just under their gums. These teeth, like adult teeth, vary in shape, size, and location. Their differences all work together for a purpose — to help kids chew properly, speak clearly, and smile happily. They also help form and shape the mouth, jaw, and face.

Baby teeth usually begin to erupt at around 6 months of age and sprout over the next few years until all 20 (10 upper and 10 lower) have made an appearance. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends children start going to the dentist by age 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth.

Young children:

Most often, children will begin to lose their primary teeth around age 6, but it can happen any time between the ages of 4 and 7.

Typically, the first baby teeth to fall out are the two bottom teeth followed by the two top front teeth. These are called the lower and upper central incisors. Usually the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars follow. Expect your child to lose his or her baby molars between ages 10 to 12.

Teens:

Adult molars emerge around age 13. By age 21, your adult child should have a full set of 32 permanent teeth. That’s 12 more than they were born with — 6 additional teeth on the upper jaw, and 6 more on the lower jaw. Four of those new teeth are the wisdom teeth, which usually erupt between ages 17 and 21.

Before Your First Visit:

To save you time on your visit, you can view several forms and fill them out in advance. That allows us to get to your child’s dental exam quickly.

We may call or contact you before your child’s scheduled visit for a verbal confirmation or to help you reschedule if needed. To cancel your appointment, please contact or call us within 24 business hours of your child’s scheduled appointment to reschedule.

Financing Options and Insurance Providers

We are focused on creating a safe, comfortable and fun experience for your child(ren) in our office while offering the highest quality of care and service.

We’ve got you covered. We accept most dental insurance. Contact us to schedule an appointment and to ensure that we accept your plan. We can also work with you on making payments to cover your child’s treatment.

Please confirm your insurance acceptance when you make your appointment. If you have a change in your insurance, phone number, email address or physical address, please notify our office at least 24 hours before your appointment. It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget. Please ask our administrative team how we can help! 

For your convenience, we file insurance claims on your behalf and provide you with an ESTIMATE of what your insurance plan will pay, as well as offer payment options for any remaining balance. Dental insurance is designed as a supplemental aid to the individual’s cost, therefore any fees associated with care not covered by insurance will be the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. If your insurance does not pay after 60 days, the remaining balance will be guarantor responsibility.

Accepted Insurance

Please inquire regarding your insurance if not listed below.
  • MetLife
  • Anthem
  • Delta Dental PPO

Your First Visit

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FAQ

  • When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

    We recommend that you make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as your child gets his first tooth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by six months after their first tooth erupts, or at one year of age, whichever comes first.

  • How is a pediatric dentist different from other dentists?

    All dental specialists (pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and others) begin by completing dental school, then continue their education with several years of additional specialized training. During training in the field of pediatric dentistry, your doctor gained extensive knowledge and experience in treating infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children, and bring to each patient our expertise in childhood development and behavior. Because our office is geared toward young visitors, you'll find that our staff, as well as our office design, decorations, and activities all work together to provide an especially friendly and comfortable environment for children.

  • What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?

    The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care. The doctor will check your child’s teeth for placement and health, and will look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. If necessary, we may do a bit of cleaning. We will also answer any questions you have about how to care for your child’s teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials containing helpful tips that you can refer to at home.

  • How can I prepare for my child’s first dental appointment?

    The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our office is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions, and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist you can be sure that your child will fear an unpleasant experience and act accordingly. Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the website. Let your child know that it’s important to keep his teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.

  • How often should my child visit the dentist?

    We generally recommend scheduling checkups every six months. Depending on the circumstances of your child’s oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.

  • Baby teeth aren’t permanent. Why do they need special care?

    Although they don’t last as long as permanent teeth, your child’s first teeth play an important role in his development. While they’re in place, these primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early (due to damage or decay) nearby teeth may encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Also, your child’s general health is affected by the oral health of the teeth and gums.

  • What’s the best way to clean my baby’s teeth?

    Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, we recommend you clean his gums after feedings with a damp, soft washcloth. As soon as his first tooth appears, you can start using a toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You most likely can find a toothbrush designed for infants at your local drugstore.

  • At what age is it appropriate to use toothpaste to clean my child’s teeth?

    Once your child has a few teeth, you can start using toothpaste on the brush. Use only a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) for each cleaning. Always have your child rinse and spit out toothpaste after brushing. Children naturally want to swallow toothpaste after brushing, and swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause teeth to stain. You should brush your child’s teeth for him until he is ready to take on that responsibility himself, which usually happens by age six or seven.

  • What causes cavities?

    Certain types of bacteria live in our mouths. When these bacteria come into contact with sugary foods left behind on our teeth after eating, acids are produced. These acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, eventually eating through the enamel and creating holes in the teeth, which we call cavities.

  • How can I help my child avoid cavities?

    Be sure that your child brushes his teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily is also important, because flossing can reach spots between the teeth that brushing can’t. Check with your pediatric dentist about a fluoride supplement, which helps tooth enamel become harder and more resistant to decay. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, limit snacking, and maintain a healthy diet. And finally, make regular appointments so that we can check the health of your child’s teeth and provide professional cleanings.

  • Does my child need dental sealants?

    Sealants cover the pits and fissures in teeth that are difficult to brush and therefore susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants as a safe, simple way to help your child avoid cavities, especially for molars, which are hardest to reach.

  • My child plays sports. How can I protect his teeth?

    Even children’s sports involve contact, and we recommend mouthguards for children active in sports. If your little one plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.

  • When should my child have dental x-rays taken?

    We recommend taking X-rays around the age of two or three. The first set consists of simple pictures of the front upper and lower teeth, which familiarizes your child with the process. Once the baby teeth in back are touching one another, then regular (at least yearly) X-rays are recommended. Permanent teeth start coming in around age six, and X-rays help us make sure your child’s teeth and jaw are healthy and properly aligned. If your child is at a high risk of dental problems, we may suggest having X-rays taken at an earlier age.

  • Can I stay with my child during treatment?

    Absolutely! You’re welcome to stick around for your child’s regular exam. But your child will better focus on doctor’s directions if you’re not in the room during a more involved treatment. Always check directly with the practice manager or doctor for your particular situation.

  • I want to video-record the procedure. May I?

    To comply with Federal HIPAA regulations, we do not allow the use of cell phones or recording devices in the clinical area of our offices.

  • How long is a typical visit?

    A dental cleaning typically takes about 30 minutes, but may be longer or shorter based on the patient's age, behavior, and hygiene. Appliances such as braces can also lengthen the amount of time for the appointment. Other types of appointments may be longer or shorter, depending on what treatment is being completed. We work on kid time and never want to rush a patient into compliance.

  • Can I get a medical note for my child’s absence from school?

    Yes, we are happy to provide a school note for the day a patient is seen in our office. Procedures completed in our offices generally do not require extended absences from school.

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