Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We encourage parents to accompany child at all visits unless they feel the child will do better without them during the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
What To Expect
We are going to have fun. The first visit to our office will include a cleaning, x-rays, exam and flouride treatment. We will also perform a risk assessment for your child. From that information, we will design an individualized preventive dental health program that includes tips on brushing, fluoride and proper diet. We will do anticipatory guidance about growth and development and oral habit influences. We will also provide counseling on oral emergencies.
Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. We request 24-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment. After missing your second appointment without notifying us 24 hours in advance, you may be charged an additional fee. Questions? Call us at 830-255-4197, we are open M-F, 8a - 4p.
Your Dental Home
Dr. Wildey recommends that your child have their first dental visit six months after the first tooth erupts or no later than 12 months of age. This visit is designed to give you the information you need to help your child have optimal oral health in their early growing years.
Each year, we see many children age two and younger with beginning dental problems. We know that early intervention is the only reasonable way to insure your child starts with good oral health. Dental check ups for your children should begin at twelve months and continue every six months thereafter.
When you begin your child’s dental check ups, you are establishing a dental home for your child. We provide guidance for your growing child with periodic oral health evaluations in familiar surroundings. We also develop an invaluable knowledge about your child and are a resource of information for you at anytime.
Need something to help prepare the kids for their visit? Get them excited about coming to see Dr. Rex and the bus with our printable Wildey PD coloring page.