The first visit is an enjoyable one we welcome patients from infants to 21 year olds The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents arrange the 1st visit by the child's 1st Birthday. We recommend that your child begin routine preventive dental visits by the age of 3. This way, if problems are detected, they can be treated early. You can make the 1st visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that Dr. Oana and staff will explain a show and answer any questions. We use a method called TELL SHOW DO. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle drill pull hurt. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non frightening to the child. At the 1st visit your child will have his/her picture taken with our mascot Mona the Molar after which you and your child will be invited in our open bay treatment room to have his/ her teeth cleaned, the necessary x-rays (depending on age of child) will be taken, a presentation on proper oral hygiene and consult with the doctor. If the child is threatened to perform these we will do a lap exam. Lap exam is where the Dr. and the parent sit in a knee to knee position with child on the parent's lap facing the parent. The child will be laid down on the doctor's lap while the parent holds the feet and arms. This position affords the capability for the doctor to examine the teeth and mouth of the infant or small child. Upon leaving, your child will receive a new toothbrush and a bag of surprises.