First Dentist Appointment in Fruit Cove, FL and Orange Park, FL

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend that a visit to the dentist should be scheduled by the child’s first birthday. This gives the pediatric dentist an opportunity to detect any problems and treat them early as possible and hopefully give advice to prevent future problems. Our pediatric dentists agree with these guidelines so much so that if you bring your child in before he or she is 18 months, there will be no charge for the dental exam. It is very important that the first visit be easy so your child can gradually build up his or her confidence in coming to our office.

Lay a lifelong foundation for optimal oral health by scheduling your child’s first dentist appointment. In Fruit Cove, FL and Orange Park, FL, Weaver & Stratton Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provides comprehensive dental services for children of all ages – infants to teenagers. During your child’s first dental visit, we begin to establish a rapport with your child. It is of equal importance, however, that we do accomplish something. We examine your child’s teeth and gums to detect decay and any other problems in the mouth. This is also the time when your child’s bite, proper jaw alignment, and spacing for permanent teeth will be evaluated. Only after a complete examination are we in a position to form a comprehensive treatment plan for your child.

What happens during my child's first visit to the dentist?

The first visit to a pediatric dentist is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care. The doctor will check your child's teeth for placement and health, as well as look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. If necessary, we may do a bit of cleaning. We will also answer any questions you have about how to care for your child's teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials containing helpful tips that you can refer to at home. Every child leaves the first visit and subsequent visit with a goodie bag full of dental products to start practicing good oral hygiene at home.

How can I prepare my child for his first dental appointment?

The best preparation for your child's first dentist appointment is maintaining a positive attitude. Talk to your child about the visit in a positive, matter-of-fact way, much as you would a trip to the grocery store. Do not let your child know you feel any anxiety about the appointment. Do not discuss any negative medical experiences you or anyone you know has had in the past. Remember, children, especially very young children, will read your body language. Try to stay even-keeled and not too excited or negative in your discussion. Show your child the pictures of the office and staff on the website. Let your child know it's important to keep his teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your pediatric dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and know that our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.

We also want to know our patients when they come to visit!

If you are a new patient to our pediatric dental practice, take a moment to fill out our new patient registration forms. Please fill them out securely online, and then submit them to our office once they are complete. You will not need to print them out and bring them in for your appointment. For families with multiple children, we will need one for each child. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact our practice.

  1. Click on the appropriate patient form.
  2. If you have already scheduled your appointment, make sure to click on 'Existing patient'.
  3. Enter the patient's last name, first name, and birthdate.
  4. Complete the form as thoroughly as possible and then click 'Submit' so we can update your child's patient record.

We look forward to meeting you and your child at your first visit to our pediatric dentist!


Patient Registration Forms

If the patient’s parent or legal guardian is unable to escort the patient to his or her appointment, it will be necessary for you to print and completely fill out the patient escort form below. In addition to this form, it may still be necessary for the parent or legal guardian to be available by phone during the appointment time.

Will I be allowed in the treatment room with my child?

Yes! Parents are welcome in the treatment rooms for all visits.

Contact us if you questions about anything on our patient forms. We proudly serve Fruit Cove, Jacksonville, and Orange Park, Florida, as well as St. Johns County.