Parents and children who visit us for pediatric dental care in Allen, Texas, may wonder what to expect during their first appointment. To satisfy your curiosity, we have outlined what will happen when you come to Allen Pediatric Dentistry. During the first cleaning appointment of children three years and older, we will:

  • Examine their teeth for dental problems like cavities
  • Examine their gums for infections like gum disease
  • Check their mouth for other abnormalities like sores or patches
  • Perform a comprehensive cleaning, which includes brushing, flossing, scaling and polishing
  • Evaluate their occlusion — the way their teeth come together when they bite down
  • Determine the results of childhood habits such as thumb sucking, pacifier use, etc.
  • Take safe digital X-rays to examine tooth development in the places we cannot see
  • Help your child stay healthy by developing an oral hygiene plan, complete with brushing, flossing, fluoride and diet tips
  • Determine how vulnerable your child’s teeth are to cavities by performing a cavity-risk assessment

Dr. Hunter and Dr. Aubel strive to make your child’s appointment fun and easy so they will be eager and happy to visit a dentist again. We know that some children may feel nervous about receiving dental care, so we use kid-friendly terms to describe our tools and procedures. Here are a few of these terms that you can use in preparation for your child’s first visit with our pediatric dentists:

  • Dental exam — Counting teeth
  • Dental X-rays — Pictures
  • Explorer tool — Tooth counter
  • Suction — Mr. Thirsty or Thirsty Straw
  • Cavities and tooth decay — Sugar bugs
  • Fluoride treatment — Tooth vitamins
  • Laughing gas or Nitrous Oxide — Piggy Nose
  • Shot or IV sedation — Sleepy juice
  • Mouth prop — Tooth pillow
  • Rubber dam — Raincoat
  • Tooth extraction — Wiggle tooth
  • Drill or hand piece — Water whistle
  • Fillings or restorations — Paint the teeth
  • Topical anesthetic — Sleepy jelly or “tooth is asleep”

Our office uses DentaPure® water treatment. Created and used by NASA for over 20 years, these cartridges fit into our dental units and provide pure, filtered water, free of viruses and bacteria, which helps protect our patients as we see to their dental needs.

Call us at 972-535-8169 if you have any questions.