Your Child's First Pediatric Dental Visit in Chicago
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child should visit the dentist by his or her first birthday. Your child's first visit to the dentist is very important as you, your child, and our doctors begin working together in Chicago to build healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime! Our goal is to create a trusting relationship with your child that will last for years in a comfortable environment. Visit our children’s dentistry page to learn what you can do to help make their first experience a positive one.
The typical infant oral health exam (occurring around the age of one) provides valuable information about how to take care of your baby's teeth, how to keep them healthy and cavity free, and how to assess normal dental development. At this first visit, we will perform an exam to evaluate your child's dental growth, complete a cleaning and apply topical fluoride treatment. We will also review proper brushing and flossing instructions, as well as bottle/sippy cup use, oral habits, and nutrition.
Older children will also have an enjoyable first dental visit! We will use a "Tell-Show-Do" technique to allow your child to see, touch, and understand every object he or she will come in contact with during this visit. Our staff uses age appropriate language that will help your child grasp dental concepts. Your child will have an oral exam, receive X-rays if needed, and have a dental cleaning with fluoride treatment.
We work hard to reinforce positive behaviors and create an overall fun first experience.
Parents will receive nutritional, diet, and habit counseling, as well as home care instructions customized for each child's oral hygiene needs. We will allow enough time to ensure that all concerns from both parent and child have been addressed.
Please take a minute to print and fill out our new patient forms before your first appointment:
Children tend to do better in the dental office when they are not tired. Therefore, we encourage morning appointments, especially for children who are preschool-aged or overly nervous. One of our goals is providing dentistry that is as pleasant as possible for your child, and appropriate scheduling may help us achieve this goal. Also, keep in mind that a dental appointment is an excused absence from school.
When we schedule an appointment, that time is reserved solely for your child and we make every effort to see them right on time. For this reason, we ask that you arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time. We also require a 24-hour notice for cancellations. We need this amount of time so that we may contact a child from our waiting list who is in need of an appointment. If we do not receive a 24-hour notice, we reserve the right to charge your account a broken appointment fee.
Payment for treatment is due at the time of service. We are an in-network provider with Delta Premier and Cigna, and our team can file paperwork for all PPO insurance plans in order to ensure that you receive the benefits you’re entitled to. For your convenience, we also accept payment by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. Information on third party financing is available for extensive treatment plans.
The insurance company you are contracted with has a relationship with you. While we are happy to help with filing your claim and handling insurance questions on your behalf, you are responsible for monitoring the progress of payment. If you have not received payment from your insurance company one month after your visit, we recommend you call the company and inquire about the submitted claim. Please keep in mind that we do not work with or for any insurance company. Our responsibility is to you and your child, and accountability for timely payment is placed upon the patients we serve. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.