Island Dental P.C.





2095 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

Here are a few suggestions to prepare your youngster for the initial visit:
  • Inform your child of the appointment. Tell your child that the dentist wants to get to know him/her; present this visit as an exciting experience for yourself and for your child. One way to convey good feelings to your child about dental visits is to remind them that going to the dentist is a sign that they are growing up.

  • Tell your child that we will "count," "brush," and "take pictures" of his/her teeth. By explaining the exam and the cleaning in these terms, your child will better understand the situation.

  • Be incredibly positive about this experience. Avoid negative words such as "hurt," "drill," "pull," and "shot." Please do not tell your child that the "dentist will not hurt you" as this may never have entered his/her mind. Instead, you may wish to assure your child that the dentist and his helpers will be gentle and friendly. Talk about dentistry with a positive attitude. This initial examination involves nothing uncomfortable and should be perceived by the child as non-threatening.

We want your child's visit to our office to be a happy one. Be generous with praising your child's good behavior, this will encourage continued good behavior for future visits. We truly enjoy treating children and find that starting on the right path to a lifetime of good dental health is extremely rewarding.

The first appointment will include:

  1. Meeting Dr. Lepenven and his staff and becoming oriented with the dental office.
  2. Examining the erupted teeth for cavities, the gums for infection and other mouth tissues for abnormalities.
  3. Evaluate occlusion, the way the teeth come together.
  4. Checking for sufficient room for the permanent teeth.
  5. Determining the effects of childhood habits (e.g., thumb-sucking, pacifiers, bottles, etc.)
  6. Cleaning of teeth, scaling (as needed) and office fluoride treatment.
  7. Obtaining x-ray films (only as needed) for diagnostic purposes.
  8. Consultation on diet and  home care. Emphasis will be placed on tooth brushing technique for your child,  flossing and fluoride treatment, oral habits, occlusion (bite); behavior management for home oral hygiene; and a diagnosis and treatment plan to be discussed with the parent(s).

Island Dental P.C.
2095 Baseline Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

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