Age 1 Visits

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventative care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

What will happen on the first visit?

At your first visit with us, we will spend time getting to know you and your child. We will review your child’s medical and dental history. We will gently examine your child’s teeth, gum tissue and dental development. We will discuss preventative home care and a healthy diet to get them off to a great start.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

It is recommended by the American Dental Association that you visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning every 6 months. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and polished by professional tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Dr. Welch or Dr. Turrittin will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay or other health problems.

Parents are welcome back for treatment

We love having moms and dads with their kids for our visits. Parents need to get their questions answered and understand what we are doing.


Fluoride is effective in preventing tooth decay by strengthening the enamel, making your teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities. Fluoride treatments take only a few minutes or less. The varnish is applied on the teeth with a small brush. Children can eat and drink right away after the application, however, we ask that your child doesn’t brush until the following day to allow the teeth to fully absorb the fluoride.


A sealant is a protective coating that is applied to the chewing surface on the back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid that gets trapped in the grooves, thus protecting teeth from decay.

Low Dose Digital X-rays

We use the most advanced dental technology to provide you with the safest treatment as possible. Digital x-rays provide advanced imaging options that are designed to save time, provide clearer images, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional x-ray technology.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous Oxide is used for easing anxiety in dentistry. It is administered through a small mask that fits over the nose. Your child can choose to have the mask scented if they prefer. As the gas begins to work, children become calm, but are still awake and able to talk to the dentist and parent.

Operating Room

Our office has access to the CentraCare Surgical Center for any necessary out-patient procedures that require general anesthesia.

Emergency visits

Are you one of our patients? If so, give our clinic a call, even after hours.