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Your First Visit

Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

Pediatric Smiles is committed to making your child's first dentist visit a pleasant and comfortable one!

How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Completing all dental patient intake forms before check-in helps to speed up the process for everyone involved. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.

What to Expect

At every exam we will review your child’s health history; take any necessary x-rays; clean your child’s teeth (if any are present); conduct a thorough clinical examination of your child’s mouth, palate, gums, tongue and teeth; and teach them about good food choices and how to brush and floss their teeth. Prevention in dentistry is the best treatment we can offer!

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

Dental Insurance

We accept many forms of dental insurance, please call us at (816) 479-5562 to determine if we can help you and your family with your specific dental care plan.

Families with dental insurance will be asked to provide insurance information such as your employer's name, insurance carrier, group number, insured's name and birth date, and dependent's names and birth dates etc when you call to make your appointment. From the information that you provide, our staff will verify your insurance eligibility and benefits as best we can before you arrive. Our staff will advise you of the estimated copayment for the first visit and will complete a written Financial Arrangement for any treatment needed after your child's examination has been completed. You will be required to pay your estimated co-payment portion the day that services are provided for your child.