At Portland Children's Dentistry, Dr. Patricia Peirano Franklin and Dr. David Raphael provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to our patients from infancy through adolescence. Our priority is to create a friendly and comfortable environment where our young patients have a positive dental experience. We make dentistry fun while teaching children and families the importance of good oral health.
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The first dental visit to our Portland office should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than the child's first birthday. Beginning early may prevent extensive dental needs in a future, creating a strong foundation for prevention.
At the first visit we will provide:
individual caries risk assessment
education on oral hygiene instruction
latest facts about finger, thumb and pacifier habits
what you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth
information on growth and development
We want to make your child's first visit to our Portland office as pleasant as possible.
We introduce your child to the instruments and procedures using language that is age appropriate and friendly. For example, rather than take radiographs we take pictures of the teeth. This way, a child feels comfortable and has a positive experience.
Parents play a critical role in good home habits and nutrition. As integral members of the team, they are always welcome to accompany the child during cleanings and treatment.
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time at our Portland office in order to fill out all appropriate initial paperwork. This will help eliminate any delay and help us stay on time for your first appointment. Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
New Patient Forms
For your convenience we have posted our forms and policies online. Please click on the Patient Forms button to print and fill out the new patient forms. You can either email these to us at email@example.com or print them out and bring them to your appointment. This will help your first appointment move quickly and smoothly.
Book Recommendations for First Dental Visit
Below are a few book recommendations to introduce young children to the dentist. They can learn from familiar and friendly characters what to expect and how much fun the dentist can be!