Information For New Patients
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Make sure you’re ready for your little surfer’s first appointment!
Online forms will be sent to you before your appointments.
Our paper patient forms are also available online. Print and fill them out whenever you like!
- Major Credit Cards
What Can I Expect At My Kiddo’s First Dental Appointment?
A Warm Greeting
A personalized office tour conducted by your very own “Surf Instructor” (a Dental Team Member) awaits you!
We're Grinning Ear-to-Ear Now That You're Here!
We want you and your child to feel comfortable at our office, like you’ve found a second home. We look forward to seeing your little surfer grow into an awesome young adult!
Start Good Habits Early
Want A Few Tips For The First Visit?
Have no fear - we’re always here to help! Check out our helpful advice below.
This is my kiddo’s first dental visit? How do I make sure it goes well?
You’re not the only one who feels this way! Don’t worry, we’re here to help. These tips will make you feel more confident in getting your kiddo excited about going to see the dentist.
- Use upbeat and friendly language when discussing the dentist.
- Attend your child’s dentist visits with them.
- Make it obvious that the dentist is their “dental home” to help your little surfer create a healthy bond with him or her.
- The less fuss, the better. It’s best to avoid telling your kiddo until the day of the visit.
- Tell your little surfer that the dentist will check his or her teeth to make sure they are in good health.
- Getting a good night’s sleep can help your kiddo prepare for the visit!
- A dental appointment should not be used as a punishment for disobedience.
- Maintain a strong oral hygiene regimen in front of the kids to provide a positive example.
Remember: It’s important to keep in mind that dental appointments are part of a child’s development. You shouldn’t offer any rewards or show that you’re worried, as this may transfer those emotions to the child.
Can I accompany my child during their appointment?
Totally! We highly encourage all parents to accompany their children to their visits. This makes your child more relaxed throughout the visit and allows us to collaborate with you on a treatment plan for his or her oral and overall health.
Are dental x-rays safe
Absolutely! A dental x-ray emits very little radiation, and your little surfer will be protected by a lead apron and other safety measures. Dental radiography not only identify cavities, but also follow growth patterns in your child’s teeth and help your dentist discover bone problems as well as other conditions. They show abnormalities and indications that a physical examination might miss. Early detection and resolution of potential issues can save you a lot of money in the long run. As such, y our child’s dentist may recommend an x-ray once or twice every 12 months depending on their risk factors for dental decay and other medical conditions.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, please call our nearest office and our team will do everything possible to get your child in right away.
- Call our Sumner office: (253) 833-5137
For further information and recommendations on what to do in case of a dental emergency, visit this page: Emergency Dentistry page