First Visits

Healthy smiles start young

What to expect at your child’s first visit

At Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we are focused on setting your child up for a lifetime of dental health. We strive to make every visit stress-free and easy, so there is no need to be anxious about appointments! Your child’s first dental visit will be focused on us becoming familiar with one another and establishing a trusting relationship between Dr. Kearns or Dr. Jocelyn, you, and your child. By tailoring your child's dental experience to their unique needs, we are able to deliver a better overall quality of care.

At your first visit, Dr. Britni Kearns and Dr. Jocelyn Jeffries-Bruno will discuss recommendations for diet and oral hygiene, and help you establish a great at-home oral care routine by providing tips and tricks for brushing your child’s teeth. We know how hard it can be to keep up with your child’s oral care, and will always maintain a compassionate approach to every visit.

Be prepared

What to bring

To streamline your first visit at Sycamore Smile Pediatric Dentistry, please remember to bring the following items:

  • Your child’s medical history
  • A list of any medications your child is taking
  • Your insurance information, if applicable
  • New patient forms

We know your time is valuable, so we recommend bringing these documents in with you to avoid confusion at your first visit. Haven’t filled out your new patient forms? Download them now and fill them out at your convenience!

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Inspire confidence

How to prepare your child

Before your child's visit, be sure to speak positively about the dentist, even if you have your own fears or past negative dental experiences. If your child has questions let them know that the dentist will explain everything to them, and we will do it terms they can relate to. At our office we avoid words like "pain," "shot," or "drill." Instead you may hear us ask the children "does that bother you?" or explain to them that we will "shower their tooth with water to wash away the germs."

At home, you can help your child understand that their dental appointment should be a pleasant, beneficial experience where the dentist will answer questions and clean their teeth to ensure their mouths stay healthy. Talking with your child about Dr. Kearns and Dr. Jocelyn as though they are friends will help to encourage your child to trust their dentists. Showing them staff and practice pictures on our website will also make them feel more familiar, comfortable, and even excited for when they get to come into the office for the first time.