What to Expect at Your First Visit

Your child’s first visit will be tailored to their age and your concerns. We do our best to introduce your child to the dental environment in a slow, caring, and child-friendly way to build healthy relationships and encourage positive future visits. We will always work at your child’s pace. Many parents are surprised to see how well their young children do at a first dental visit, and how much fun they have!

Our appointments are custom tailored to be slow and caring, educational, fun, and to foster a trusting relationship with your little one.

When Should My Infant See The Dentist?

Bringing an infant to the dentist may seem strange, since infant children typically don’t have most of their teeth. But did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that infants see the dentist when they turn 1, or whenever they get their first tooth?

At Plunk & Dragan Smiles, Dr. Dragan can provide gentle care for young kids. With a “lap exam,” you’ll hold your infant child on your lap as Dr. Dragan examines their teeth and gums and assesses their oral health.

After your child’s consultation, you can discuss your child’s oral health with Dr. Dragan, ask any questions you may have about their oral development, and get all the information you need to care for their smile as they grow.


What can I expect when taking my toddler or child to the dentist for the first time?

Your first visit is all about your child — his or her comfort, happiness, and health.

During your child’s first visit, we will review their dental and medical history forms, and take any necessary X-rays of their teeth and mouth. Then, Dr. Dragan will meet with you and your child to discuss X-rays, help create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have. One of our hygienists will teach your child how we clean and polish their teeth and check for early signs of tooth decay or gingivitis. Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!

The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

We understand that your family has a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing for a dental visit, please remember that an appointment can last between 20 and 40 minutes.