first visit

Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled shortly after his/her 1st birthday. You will want to remember to bring your child’s dental insurance card if you have dental insurance. We hope that you will also bring an already completed copy of the new patient forms that you can print from our home page.

We participate with a number of dental insurance carriers. If you are with a different carrier, we will be happy to file your insurance and help you with the paperwork. Your insurance determines your deductible. Any anticipated amount not covered by your insurance will be due that day. We are happy to discuss fees and insurance with parents prior to their child’s first visit.

If your child is nervous about their dental visit, we can help. Sometimes, we will have complimentary “fun visits” designed to familiarize your child with our office and help them feel comfortable. We never use a papoose or other restraining device. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know Dr. Goins and our staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits.

You can let your child know that Dr. Goins and his wonderful staff will explain everything and will answer any questions.

It is helpful if you take a casual approach to the first visit. We will refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive manner.

We will review your child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination, and discuss any findings with you. Only after answering all your questions and presenting a printed treatment plan with estimated insurance payments and co-pays will restorative treatment be completed. The first visit for younger children is largely about education for moms and dads. Frequently questions about toothpaste, pacifiers, sippy cups, fluoride, teething, and lots of other dental topics will arise. Our goal is to get your child off to a great start for a healthy and beautiful smile for life! Today’s healthy smiles, tomorrow’s healthy kids.