Your Child’s First Dental Visit Is Special!
We Have Lots of Positive Friendly Fun Planned For Your Child’s First Dental Visit
BCC Pediatric Dentistry is the pediatric dentist for kids in Bethesda, MD, Chevy Chase, Potomac, MD, Silver Spring, MD, Rockville, MD, Washington, DC, and surrounding areas. Make an appointment for your child’s first dental visit to receive exceptional, high-quality dental care that you and your child will love.
First Visit Preparation
Preparing for your child’s first dental visit. Read our helpful tips for a happy visit.
Hooray Visit Day!
Your child’s first dental visit is special. Expect clean teeth and positive, friendly fun.
After Your Appointment
The Journey Begins
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Oral health benefits
Throughout life, good oral health has a very positive impact on your child’s general health, discipline, and self-confidence. We believe early positive experiences with oral health and hygiene – at the dentist and at home – set the stage for a life filled with good health, love, and success.
Fun is the secret ingredient
The stakes are high – but don’t worry – we know the secret ingredient to achieve success. Just have fun. Fun brushing and flossing with your child at home. Fun planning your visits to BCC Pediatric Dentistry. Fun during your visits with me, ‘Dr. Shin,’ and my super friendly staff. Fun after your visit in downtown Bethesda, and fun on your way back home talking about all the fun you had!
We can do this!
Yes, we’re in this together! Let’s commit to making your child’s experience so positive that they’ll want to brush and floss even when they’re all grown up! Fun is the secret to your child’s lifelong oral health and the priceless memories you’ll forever share. Ok, are you ready? Let’s do this!
Helpful Tips for a Happy Visit
We are going on a clean teeth fun trip
Begin to talk to your child about the first dental visit a few months in advance (aka your clean teeth fun trip). Use easy-to-understand words and be honest (but never negative or scary). Have fun playing pretend and enjoying child-friendly books and videos together.
We are going to learn about your teeth
Ask your child to look into your mouth and ask if they see any difference between the front teeth and the back. Try to count the teeth together. Talk about your clean teeth fun trip to meet Dr. Shin.
Meet Dr. Shin before your visit
Schedule a teledentistry appointment prior to the first dental visit. Even one meeting/exposure like this can help to preempt/relieve anxiety. This is a fun way to meet Dr. Shin and ask questions prior to your visit.
Fun after your appointments
Plan some fun quality time with your child after each appointment. Our office is located in the heart of Bethesda Row next to great shopping, restaurants, cafes, and many other fun things for you to experience with your child. Before long, your child will associate dental visits with the quality fun time they share with you. Isn’t that nice!
Be present for your child. Completing the forms/paperwork prior to the first visit will free you to enjoy this time with your child and also reduce the time you spend in the reception/waiting area before your appointment. Feel free to bring a comfort toy or blanket to the visit to soothe your child. You are safe with us.
Schedule a teledentistry appointment prior to the first dental visit. Even one meeting/exposure like this can help to preempt/relieve anxiety. Also, please consider that your child takes emotional clues from you. If you feel anxiety going to the dentist, please try to leave that at the door. Be positive, cheerful, and emphasize learning and fun. You are helping to shape the way your child feels about dental visits and their oral health and hygiene.
Words carry a lot of weight. We recommend not using words like “hurt”, “pain”, or “scary”. Even when used in a positive or neutral context, your child may associate them with dental visits. Instead, use words such as, “healthy”, “interesting”, “comfortable”, “clean”, and of course, “fun”!
Hooray! It’s Your First Visit Day.
Throughout life, good oral heath has a very positive impact on your child’s general health, self-confidence and discipline. We believe early positive experiences with oral health and hygiene – at the dentist and at home – set the stage for a life filled with good health, love and success.
Experience Positive Friendly Fun
We believe that by having a positive, fun and educational experience our patients can build the foundation for lifelong oral health.
Your Child's First Visit is Special
We know that your child’s first visit to the dentist is a big deal for both of you. We will do our best to make your visit stress-free, special, and fun.
What to Expect at the First Visit
Our visit begins with us getting to know each other. We love for your child to tell us about their accomplishments! We’ll then ease into their dental examination explaining what we’re doing and why we’re doing it every step of the way. Easy, fun, and educational for all of us.
We just renovated our office with you in mind. Our dental suites, high-tech dental equipment, sterilization, and air purification systems are state of the art. Our reception and waiting room area is soothing, comfortable, clean, and fun!
Convenient Public Parking
You’ll find plenty of public parking near our office along with coffee shops, restaurants, and great shopping too!
Our office is soothing, comfortable, clean, and fun! We hope you and your kids love it as much as we do.
While You’re Here
During Your Visit
Come right in. Our new office was designed with you in mind.
Meet our friendly staff
Please let us know you’ve arrived. We can’t wait to meet you.
Relax in our office. It’s almost time to meet Dr. Shin.
Dental Imaging helps Dr. Shin see your growing teeth.
Open wide! Dr. Shin is going to count your teeth.
We use a special toothbrush that your teeth will love.