First Visit

Your child’s first exposure to the dentist can shape their entire outlook on dental care for the rest of their life. At Dr. Bender’s office, we work to provide your child with an enjoyable, friendly environment in order to help them realize the importance of oral health at a young age.

Dr. Fara Bender’s office is a family centered practice with a goal to treat you and your child with dignity and respect. We recognize that visiting our offices may be your child’s first exposure to the dentist. We know that transparency on our part can help to ease any potential nerves your child might have. The AAPD recommends a child’s first visit 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth OR on the child’s first birthday, whichever comes sooner. In light of that, we would like to give you insight into what you and your child can expect for your first visit.

The typical first dental appointment for your child will include the following:

  • An introduction to the dental team
  • An invitation to tour the office
  • A head and neck examination
  • An evaluation of the health of your child’s teeth, gums, and bite
  • A gentle cleansing of your child’s teeth
  • Recommendations regarding proper diet and fluoride treatment

Impacting the Lives of Little People in a Big Way

Our staff will carefully review the health history form with you at the first visit. You are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area during the initial exam. This will give you the opportunity to see our staff in action and allow Dr. Bender to discuss dental findings and treatment directly with you. Dental radiographs, or X-rays, are taken only as Dr. Bender feels they are necessary. Additional services will be scheduled for a later visit. You will be given an estimate of the cost of any necessary treatment.