First Visits

What To Expect At Your Child’s First Visit

When visiting Petaluma Kids Dental Care, you can expect a seamless and enjoyable experience for the entire family. As a local Petaluma dentist, we love getting to meet new families and introducing little ones to a life of fun, informative dental care. Here’s what you can expect at your child’s first visit.

Step 1


During your child’s first appointment, our licensed Registered Dental Assistant will perform a gentle, yet thorough preventive cleaning to promote a happy, healthy smile. 

Step 2


Next, Dr. Austin or Dr. Gupta will carefully take a look at your child’s teeth and gums to ensure their oral health is on the right track and free of any dental issues.

Step 3

Treatment Plan

After their preventive treatments, Dr. Austin or Dr. Gupta will discuss your little one’s oral health and recommend a tailored treatment plan made just for their smile success. 

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What To Bring To The Appointment

After you’ve scheduled your child’s first visit, it’s important to gather some important items to ensure an easy-breezy check-in process:

New patient forms

Dental insurance card

Medical health history

Your child’s favorite toy or blanket

List of any questions

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Multiple Treatment Options

Dentistry isn’t a one-size-fits-all practice. At Petaluma Kids Dental Care, we know every child is unique. That’s why our team is delighted to get to know your family and offer multiple treatment options that work with your needs, budget, and desired goals.

Kid Tested, Parent Approved Office

We’re here to make dental visits fun! Our comforting and exciting amenities are carefully selected to ensure you and your child enjoy your stay with us!

Children’s Play Area

Fidget / Sensory Toys

 After-Visit Prizes

Informative & Understanding

We take the time to explain everything we do, helping put your child at ease in the dental chair. You will never be rushed through an appointment if you have specific questions or concerns; we are here to be your partners in creating healthy smiles in an informative, positive environment.

An Environment You’ll Both Appreciate

With our safari-themed practice and office, we’ve designed a space that keeps both you and your child at ease from the moment you walk through our doors.

Patient-Focused Staff

Everyone on our team is focused on delivering the best patient experience possible, from your child’s time in the chair to helping you understand your payment and insurance options and beyond.

How To Prepare Your Child For Their Dental Visit

Did you know that amazing appointments start outside of our practice doors? Here are a few different ways to set your child up for a great first visit at our office.

 Stay Positive & Use Child-Friendly Dental Terms

Speak highly about all things dentistry! This will help your kiddo associate positive feelings toward their first visit. Feel free to use fun when relating to dental verbiage. We use the term tickle toothbrush, sugar bugs for cavities, sleepy juice for injections, and koala nose for N20.

Be Their Brushing Buddy

Make brushing a fun part of their daily routine by playing their favorite two-minute song while you brush and floss together.

Get Artsy

Time to break out the crayons! Draw a picture of your smile with your child. Don’t forget the teeth - 10 on top, 10 on the bottom!

Read On

Curl up with your child and dive into a kid-friendly dental read, filled with lots of pictures and lovable characters.