Oral health is a smart investment- decay is preventable. Preventive dental care is the most cost effective way of preventing caries. At CreatingSmiles, Dr. Helen will review early and regular preventive care measures that are effective in reducing caries. Come see what tips and tricks Dr. Helen offers! Prior to your first visit, please be sure to review the patient forms page on this website.


Preparing for the First Visit

Taking your child to the dentist for the first time may seem like a daunting prospect, but this will not be the same
experience you may remember from your youth. If you as a parent are nervous about your child’s first dental appointment, your negative words or comments to your child will only cause increased fear of an unknown experience. You also cannot hide your anxiety from a child (they have an amazing radar for these things). Instead, only discuss the positive aspects of dentistry or please let Dr. Helen explain to your child what will be involved during this initial visit as she is uniquely trained to handle and alleviate any fears and anxiety.  Our staff also likes to keep positive and excels at putting children at ease during treatment . Remember that preparing for each dental visit with a positive attitude goes a long way toward making your child comfortable with regular checkups. Your child’s reaction to their first dental visit may surprise you!

First Dental Visit

“First tooth, First visit” is Dr. Helen’s recommendation for your little one’s teeth. Since decay can occur once a tooth emerges, the earlier your child visits us, the more likely we can prevent problems down the road. The first visit will be short and simple as Dr. Helen will focus on getting to know your little one better. Dr. Helen will check your child's teeth for position, shape, and health, and will look for any signs of early problems with the gums and jaws. Toothbrushing demonstrations will also be part of the first visit. Any questions you may have about how to best care for your little one's teeth as they develop will also be also reviewed. This is a critical stage in establishing a solid foundation for healthy, cavity-free teeth!


How Will My Child React?

Have no fear! Children typically respond to an unfamiliar dental office in the same way they respond to a new pediatrician, new child care provider, or first visit to someone’s home. Some are totally comfortable; others are fearful in the new or unfamiliar situation. Dr. Helen is uniquely trained in communicating with children in an effective, gentle, and welcoming manner.

Did you know?

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 who have not visited a dentist within the past 12 months are more likely to have cavities in their primary (baby) teeth.