Important Information for Parents
Why a Pediatric Dentist?
At Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in New Carrollton, MD, we know you want the best care for your child. That is why we would like to share important reasons to bring your child to a pediatric dentist specializing in children’s dental care.
Dr. Grant has 3 years of additional training beyond dental school in Pediatric Dentistry. Therefore, we are specially trained to deal with children’s dental issues as they progress from babies to teens. Our pediatric dentist is knowledgeable about all the latest techniques and approaches to common childhood dental and oral health issues. Our facility is designed with kids in mind. We also know that developing positive dental habits from a young age will benefit your children throughout their lives.
When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Visit?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, every child should visit a dentist by his/her first birthday. It is known that establishing a “dental home” early, a place where a child can feel comfortable and secure, can set the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth.
To make this easy for new parents, Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has created their First Tooth Club program. Under the First Tooth Club, all children less than 1 years of age receive a FREE first visit that includes a dental exam, anticipatory guidance, cleaning, and fluoride treatment (if needed).
What to Expect at My Child’s First Visit?
We want to make your child’s first experience at the dentist a positive and comfortable one. Your child’s first check-up will include a thorough exam of the mouth and teeth which may include radiographs, dental cleaning, exam, and fluoride. Present the visit to the dentist as something to look forward to and encourage your child to bring their favorite toy, blanket or music to listen to!
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Books for Kids about Dental Health
All children love story time so why not use reading as a way to introduce your child to dental health topics?
Recommended Children’s Books
- Arthur's Loose Tooth by Lillian Hoban (Illustrator), Terry Christie (Reader), Linda Cress Dowdy, Dennis Full (Illustrator)
- Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie McGuire, Jean Pidgeon, and Dina Anastasio
- Bye Bye Pacifier, by Louise Gikow
- Chicken Soup for the Dental Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Don Dible
- Clifford's Loose Tooth by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Norman Bridwell, John Kurtz, and Sandrina Kurtz
Patient Forms and Documents
Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in New Carrollton, MD requires some forms and other documents before seeing your child. Please download the appropriate patient forms and fill them out prior to your first visit to our practice. We have also included some informational documents related to specific procedures and treatments. We encourage you to download these forms and bring them with you to your child’s appointment.
- New Patient Welcome Packet
- Office Policies