Your Child's First Visit

Here at All Smiles Kids, we are dedicated to creating a fun and safe environment for your child. Our goal is for them not just to enjoy coming to see us, but even look forward to it.

We are sensitive to children’s needs and understand that they all have unique personalities. At all times, we will treat your little one as we would our own, or as we would want our child treated if they were to see the dentist.

When Should My Child First See the Dentist?

In keeping with the recommendations of the American Pediatric Dental Association, we like to see kids for their first visit to our Corona dental office by age one, or when baby teeth start to appear.

This may seem young, but don’t worry; this appointment is all about letting your child get used to a new environment and new faces. Our pedodontist Dr. Lan Nguyen has had specialized training to help guide children patiently through the experience. It is crucial that we ensure your child has a positive experience with us because this sets the stage for all dental visits to come. 

How Can I Prepare My Child for Their First Visit?

You can start preparing your child by talking about their dental visit at home. Being open and honest will help them understand why they are going to the dentist and may help reduce some anxiety. 

A good idea is to practice some of the things that your child may experience while at the office. You can brush your teeth together and then practice counting their teeth. You may also practice asking your child to open their mouth to get their teeth checked, and letting them “check” your teeth.

The Words You Use with Your Child Matter

In order to help us make your child’s visit the best it can be, it is crucial for you to be careful about the words you use and the way you talk about the visit. Please support our efforts by avoiding negative words that are often associated with a dental visit.

Here are our suggestions:


  • Needle or shot
  • Drill your tooth
  • Pull or yank a tooth
  • Cavity, decay
  • Exam
  • Explorer
  • Rubber dam
  • Nitrous oxide


Instead, we try to use positive and caring vocabulary in a fun and safe environment.

  • Sleepy juice or drops
  • Brush your teeth
  • Wiggle a tooth
  • Sugar bug
  • Count your teeth
  • Tooth counter
  • Raincoat
  • Laughing gas or silly air

Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit

We are a pediatric dental practice that caters exclusively to kids and their unique needs. If you need a pedodontist and live in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, or surrounding communities, we would love to meet your child. Call us at (951) 898-8845 to schedule an appointment to get started.