Our Philosophy & What to Expect
Since 1980, we have provided comprehensive dental care for kids in McHenry County. Our focus is on the prevention of dental disease through early visits and education. We encourage parents to take an active role in the oral health of their children and look forward to welcoming you into our practice at First Smiles Dental.
Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal, along with our staff, is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth.
Beginning dental care at an early age is important. Early visits provide opportunities to address preventive issues that are vital to healthy teeth and a pleasing smile.
Your child’s first visit is important. It can be helpful for both you and your child to understand what will happen on that first visit. Our goal at First Smiles Dental is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth so they last a lifetime.
If your child is in pain, all emergency problems will be addressed first. We will do everything possible to lessen their discomfort. If there are no problems requiring immediate attention we start with a comprehensive dental exam.
We will provide a thorough examination and talk with you about any issues or concerns as well as address any questions you may have. The dental exam includes looking at your child’s mouth (lip, check tongue, throat, palate) and teeth. We will evaluate the development of their head, teeth, gums, and speech. Depending on the child’s age and cooperation, they will receive a cleaning and a fluoride treatment. X-rays are taken as needed. We will also evaluate any habits such as thumb-sucking or teeth-grinding.
Education is also an important part of preventative dental care. We will take the time to teach your child about snacking and how to properly brush and floss. We will explain everything to your child in an age-appropriate manner and answer any questions that you or your child may have.
From our office design to our communication style, our main concern is what’s best for your child. We strive to make all visits quick and easy, especially for young children.
We look forward to serving your family!