4949 Westown Pkwy Suite 150
West Des Moines , IA 50266-6716
(515) 225-0066

Your Child’s Visit

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit occur by a child’s first birthday.  This first visit will allow you and your child to meet with Dr. Matt or Dr. Diana so they can evaluate and discuss proper oral hygiene.  Topics that will be discussed at the first visit include: diet, proper teeth brushing, thumb/pacifier habits, eruption of teeth, and fluoride.

Before Your First Visit

You can help make your child’s first dental visit an enjoyable one by being positive about this experience.  Any parental fear or anxiety can be sensed by your child – that is why it is important to act calm and relaxed when talking to your children about their dental visit.  Explain that Dr. Matt or Dr. Diana, our pediatric dentists, will count, brush, and take pictures of their teeth.  It is our goal at Des Moines Pediatric Dental Center to make a child’s first visit to the dentist the most positive experience possible.

Please avoid using words that describe a negative experience like: needle, shot, pull or hurt. This will only increase your child’s level of anxiety and make it more difficult for them to have a positive experience.  We explain each procedure in “child friendly” terms that children can easily understand and are less frightening.  Remember, if you expect your child to have a great appointment they probably will!

Your First Visit at Des Moines Pediatric Dental Center

Our staff will 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 allow you to see the staff in action and allow our doctors to discuss any findings directly with you. Dr. Kubovich or Dr. Pelzer will perform a complete examination of your child’s teeth, gums and bite.  Dental radiographs will be taken only if the doctor feels they are necessary. If additional procedures are required, they will be scheduled for a later date.

What If My Child Cries?

Please do not be upset if your child cries. Crying is a normal reaction to the unknown, and it is not unusual for younger children to be anxious of anything new or strange. The staff at our dental practice are trained to help fearful kids through their dental experience.  As your child matures, it is our goal to encourage their independence and promote their self-esteem.

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