New Pediatric Dental Patient Information – Fort Worth, TX

Ensuring a Positive, Stress-Free First Dental Appointment

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When you arrive at Trinity Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Thorburn and our team of experts will welcome you and your child into our new and refreshed pediatric dental office in Fort Worth. From beginning to end, you can expect top-notch, first-rate treatment and personalized customer service that you cannot find anywhere else. But before the big day arrives, we want you to be fully prepared for your child’s first appointment. This is why we’ve included additional details you are welcome to review. Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

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When it comes to caring for children’s teeth, Dr. Thorburn understands that it requires a unique approach because of the ever-changing and growing environment that is a child’s mouth. Starting good oral habits at an early age is imperative, which is why it is recommended that you bring your child in for their first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth erupts or by the time they reach the age of one.

Why should I worry about my child’s baby teeth? They’re going to fall out anyway!

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Yes, it is true that baby teeth will eventually fall out; however, they should be cared for properly so that decay and disease do not become a reality. The reason is that these common oral health problems can carry with them into adolescence and adulthood, affecting their permanent teeth and causing issues in the future.

What can I expect at my baby’s first dental appointment?

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It’s natural to have questions and concerns at your child’s first appointment, which is why this visit is focused more on building relationships and helping you and your child become more familiar with our team. Apart from answering your questions, we’ll also perform a quick review of their mouth and gently clean any existing teeth before going over ways to care for your baby’s smile at home.

How do I prepare for the first dental visit?

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You’ll want to make sure that you speak positively about the dentist’s office. Children can pick up on fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, so as long as you remain excited, happy, and eager, so will your children. You can also read books, watch videos, and look at pictures of the dentist’s office to help your little one become visually familiar with what they can expect to see when they arrive for their visit.

Patient Forms

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You don’t need to spend additional time in our lobby filling out your child’s patient paperwork. Save yourself some time by completing the forms online! By clicking the link below, you’ll be able to access the paperwork so that you can fill it out in the comfort of your home instead of waiting to do it once you arrive at our office.

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Dental Insurance

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Dr. Thorburn is pleased to welcome various PPO dental insurance plans and will work to help all families get the most out of their dental insurance benefits. Because dental care can be costly, we’ll do our best to help you save as much as possible when preparing for your child to receive the necessary dental treatment. Don't hesitate to call our office if you have any questions regarding insurance.

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CareCredit Financing

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For uninsured patients and those who need assistance with paying for treatments that are complex, we partner with CareCredit Financing. With no surprise fees, eligible enrollees can sign up for an available low-to-no-interest plan so that they can remain within budget while making monthly installments. Ask our team members for more information!