How to Make Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist a Success

How to Make Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist a Success

Posted by DR. GURI S. DHALIWAL on May 3 2017, 10:43 AM

How to Make Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist a Success

Taking a child to the family dentist for the first time is usually more stressful for the parent than it is for the child since kids don’t have any preconceived opinions about the dentist office. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first dental checkup around their first birthday (or six months after the first tooth erupts). These tips will help make that first visit go smoothly for parents and kids alike.

1. Keep Calm

Children pick up on the attitudes of their parents, so it’s especially important to stay relaxed and positive for this first appointment. Being anxious is likely to make the child feel uneasy about the visit, even if he or she is too young to understand why. By staying positive, parents send the message that there is nothing to fear about a trip to the family dentist.

2. Teach Kids About Dentists

Before the first visit, it’s a good idea to buy a book about dentists so children can become familiar with the idea. Choose a bright and colorful book with simple language that small children can understand. Afterward, “playing dentist” can be a fun game to make kids feel more comfortable with the idea of having their teeth checked.

3. Choose the Right Dentist

It’s best to choose a dentist who specializes in pediatric and family dentistry. Some parents choose to use their own clinic for their children, while others opt for a dentist that focuses more on kids. Either way, parents should find someone who is knowledgeable with a personality that makes them feel comfortable. Dr. Dhaliwal provides comprehensive care for the whole family. He takes the time to listen to and answer every patient’s questions to help them achieve a beautiful smile.

4. Make It An Adventure

Kids love adventures, so this is a great opportunity to create a memorable experience. To make the wait easier, parents should bring along some favorite toys for the waiting room. Then, after the checkup is over, the family can go on a fun outing like a trip to the park or zoo.

5. Practice Good Habits

Teaching kids early about good oral hygiene means that their first trip to the dentist is more likely to be uneventful. Parents should start brushing their child’s teeth with a soft brush and water as soon as the first tooth appears. This is a good time to introduce the idea of the family dentist. For instance, praise the child by telling them “The dentist will be very proud of how you brushed your teeth without me reminding you.”

With these tips in mind, teaching kids about family dentistry and getting ready for the first appointment with Dr. Dhaliwal should be no problem.

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Being one of the top cosmetic and general dentists in San Ramon, CA, Dr. Dhaliwal has a long-established career during which he has transformed the smiles of hundreds of patients. His expertise combined with state-of-the-art technology and excellent staff makes his dental practice highly sought after. As part of our destination dentistry program, we proudly offer cosmetic and restorative dental treatment for out-of-town patients at affordable prices.

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  • Restorations:Oral restorations made from dental-grade ceramic or composite resin. Their tooth-colored appearance, excellent durability, and high customizability make them highly preferred to restore teeth. Some of the popular ones are dental crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays, onlays, fillings, etc. Although restorations such as fillings and crowns were being made from metals earlier, their use has ceased in recent times. We offer metal-free restorations that are both safe and aesthetically pleasing.

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  • We offer expert dental care. Our Dentist Dr. Dhaliwal has been treating patients for more than 20 years now and brings his vast expertise to the table every single time.
  • We ensure all our patients benefit from the advancements in dentistry to experience more convenient, quick, painless, and technologically advanced procedures.
  • We provide CEREC restorations that can be fabricated and bonded to your teeth in an hour’s time.
  • We provide advanced treatment methods to make the treatment less invasive and comprehensive, such as advanced x-rays and laser gum treatment.
  • We are a patient-centric practice. We love hearing from our patients about their experience at our practice and use the same to make our approach even better.
  • Our dental practice aims at providing maximum comfort to our patients. Enjoy the spa experience with heated neck wraps, massage chair pads, refreshment towels, all of which would be wrapped in a boutique-style environment that is warm and inviting.

We request you to schedule a consultation with our dentist at San Ramon, CA 94583 to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (925) 244-9770 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.

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Guri S. Dhaliwal, D.M.D

I graduated from the University of Southern California with my Bachelors's in Sociology. I then traded in the sun and surf for the frigid winters of Boston to pursue my dental degree at Boston University. Alas, the cold was too much for this Southern California boy to bare and I returned home to complete an additional year of training at the University of California, Los Angeles, obtaining my Advanced Education in General Dentistry certification in 1993.

Over the years, I have gone on to complete training in both Neuromuscular and Cosmetic Dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.


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Background and Training

  •  Fellow, American Dental Implant Association
  •  Certified in IV Sedation at Oregon Health Sciences  University
  •  Certified in Full Mouth Rehabilitation and Cosmetic Dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)
  •  Advanced Education in General Dentistry (A.E.G.D.) The University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.)
  •  D.M.D.  Boston University
  •  B.S. Sociology University of Southern California (USC)


  •  American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  •  LVI Trained Dentist (Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies) 
  •  American Dental Association
  •  California Dental Association
  •  Contra Costa County Dental Society


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Teeth Whitening

The process of teeth whitening will begin with the dentist examining the teeth and gums. This is to make sure that your gums are strong enough to handle the teeth bleaching.



Dental veneers are thin, flat pieces of porcelain, custom-made to match the shape and size of your natural teeth. Veneers can be fixed to the teeth' frontal surface to treat minor cracks, chipping, discoloration, the spacing between adjacent teeth, etc.



Invisalign is the latest technique to straighten teeth. With the help of new scanning technology, dentists can non-invasively scan your teeth and manufacture a set of aligners that will slowly shift your teeth to the ideal position.

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When you choose a dental practice to get your oral concerns addressed, you will look into various factors such as how experienced the dentist is, what services they offer, what technological advancements they possess, etc. At our dental practice in San Ramon, we check all the right boxes to ensure we provide the best quality dental care to our patients. We like to call our services' High-End Dentistry' as something of high quality but affordable.

What Are CEREC Restorations?

We pride ourselves on providing dental restorations in a single visit to our practice, thanks to CEREC. The conventional method of fabricating dental restorations is by taking scans and x-rays of the mouth, using the data to create an impression of the teeth, and manufacturing the restoration using it as reference. It could easily take up to two weeks before the restoration is finished and bonded to your teeth. But, with CEREC, this process can be done in a flash.

We will scan your teeth using a hand-held scanner and pass the data through a computer. The technology backing CEREC would instantly create a 3D model of your teeth, which the dentist can use to get virtually an unlimited number of views. The chairside CAD/CAM machine uses the data from the scans and mills out the restoration from a small block of dental-grade ceramic. We will extract it, make minor modifications if required, and bond it to your tooth. The entire procedure can be completed in a few hours, putting the conventional method to shame.

How Advanced Are Our Dental X-Rays?

Many fear x-rays due to the risk of sustaining tissue damage from radiation. This would have been a genuine concern a few decades ago, but not now. Dental x-ray technology has been improved so much in the last few years that the radiation produced by the device is negligible. The detail in the images captured is stunning and extremely accurate. We use them to diagnose tooth roots, jawbone structure, root canal cavity, teeth alignment, tumors, etc.

Laser Gum Therapy

Earlier, dentists used to treat gum disease, such as periodontitis, by surgically removing the decayed soft tissues and treating the disease using antibiotic medication. This procedure would be excruciating and requires long healing periods. We wouldn't like to put our patients through such an experience, which is why we perform the procedure using laser treatment. Dentists use a highly intense laser beam to vaporize the infected tissues while leaving the adjoining healthy ones unharmed and seal the wound instantly by the laser itself, preventing bleeding and the need for sutures. Also, it reduces the healing period to a few days as opposed to a few weeks.

We request you to schedule a consultation with our dentist to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (925) 244-9770 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll be happy to help.


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