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What to Expect at Your Child's First Visit


We look forward to meeting you and your child at your first visit to our office. As Pediatric dentists, our office routine may be somewhat different than you have been accustomed to in the past. To have you and your child feel more at home, we would like to take a few minutes to familiarize you with our practice.

One of our prime objectives is to help your child become a good dental patient. Listed below are some suggestions and tips to help in this process.

  1. Dental visits are a part of growing up. Please do not indicate that there is anything to fear.
  2. It is best to tell a child about a dental visit the day of the appointment.
  3. You may explain that the Doctor will look at his/her teeth to make sure they are healthy.
  4. We suggest morning appointments for children under the age of 5 when they are well rested.
  5. Don't threaten a visit to the dentist as punishment for misbehavior.
  6. Remember, tears can be a healthy avenue of expression for a child, so please don't be disturbed or embarrassed if your child cries.

Please complete the downloadable medical and personal history questionnaire. (Click here for downloadable forms) Payment is expected in full for the first visit. If you have dental insurance, we will be happy to process your forms. (Click here for insurance information) We would appreciate your arriving 10-15 minutes early for this appointment. (Need directions?)

On the first visit, we welcome the parent in the treatment room for the initial exam. Your presence will be greatly enhanced if you assume the role of a silent observer. If more than one person is talking or directing, the child tends to become confused. Naturally we do not want this to happen. Everything that we intend to do will be explained and shown to you the parent and your child before we do it.

After examination and any x-rays have been evaluated, your child's oral health, proposed treatment plan and financial arrangements will be discussed with you. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Our office is committed to a policy of prevention. By seeing your child early in life, we can help prevent dental disease using risk assessments, oral hygiene instructions and diet counseling. Orthodontic problems may also be prevented or the severity lessened by early recognition and treatment.

With your cooperation your child can become an excellent dental patient with a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

Cordially yours,

Marsha A. Gordon
Wanda J. Janik

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The pediatric dental office of Marsha Adler Gordon, D.D.S. and Wanda J. Janik, D.M.D. is located in Allentown, PA and provides your child with a fun and friendly environment as well as excellent dental care.