First Dental Visit

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that you visit a pediatric dentist no later than your child’s first birthday – and preferably within six months of their first tooth appearing.

At Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, we make this first visit a fun, easy, stress-free experience. We also offer a sensory-friendly atmosphere for children with special needs and are equipped to treat those on the autism spectrum. Please let us know about any special needs your child may have, so that we may cater to them and make you as comfortable as possible.

What to Expect

At the first visit, we’ll get to know you and your child. We’ll also educate you on the health of their teeth – including how to prevent cavities from an early age.

This first visit accomplishes three things:

  • It familiarizes you and your child with our staff and our office.
  • It introduces your child (and you) to specific language that the office uses.
  • It allows Dr. Korie to do a quick exam, looking for decay, gum issues or other problems that may affect teeth or growth and development in the future.

Feel free to bring a list of questions to this appointment – we’ll take the time to answer any and all concerns you might have to ensure you and your child feel comfortable.

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What to Expect

At the first visit, we’ll get to know you and your child. We’ll also educate you on the health of their teeth – including how to prevent cavities from an early age.

This first visit accomplishes three things:

  • It familiarizes you and your child with our staff and our office.
  • It introduces your child (and you) to specific language that the office uses.
  • It allows Dr. Korie to do a quick exam, looking for decay, gum issues or other problems that may affect teeth or growth and development in the future.

Feel free to bring a list of questions to this appointment – we’ll take the time to answer any and all concerns you might have.

Parents Are Welcome

We encourage parents to join their children for the exam.

This enables our team to teach parents brushing and flossing techniques, discuss habits such as thumb
sucking and pacifier use, and provide instructions on dental emergencies or trauma.

A few tips for parents:

It can be confusing for children when multiple people are giving directions, so we kindly ask parents to
play the role of a silent, supportive observer and allow the child to take direction from Dr. Korie and her team.

It’s best for siblings to remain at home unless they have an appointment so that parents can really
focus on the visit at hand and the information being discussed.

Talk It Up

Prepare your child for their first visit by reassuring them that it will be a fun time where Dr. Korie will count, brush and perhaps take pictures of their teeth. It’s important for children to think of the dentist’s office as a positive place from an early age.

If they are anxious or have sensory issues, it’s often helpful to prepare them by showing them our office tour in advance – so they know exactly what to expect.

Talk It Up

Prepare your child for their first visit by reassuring them that it will be a fun time where Dr. Korie will count, brush and perhaps take pictures of their teeth. It’s important for children to think of the dentist’s office as a positive place from an early age.

If they are anxious or have sensory issues, it’s often helpful to prepare them by showing them our office tour in advance – so they know exactly what to expect.

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New parent?

We know you probably have a lot of new experiences to enjoy and many new routines to think about. Check out our “growth chart” for dental health HERE.

Dear Derby City Pediatric Dentistry Families,
By now you are all aware of the measures being taken statewide to slow the spread of COVID-19. I’m writing to update you with the practice protocols Derby City Pediatric Dentistry will follow in the coming weeks or longer. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we determine the best way to keep our families, our team, and the greater population safe.

For now, Derby City Pediatric Dentistry will be closed from March 17, 2020, until further notice, in an effort to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of this virus. If your child has a scheduled appointment during this time, we will be in touch to get your child rescheduled once we have a better idea of when it’s safe to resume normal operations. We are developing strategies to accommodate future additional needs.

This decision was not made lightly, but necessary in order to protect our patients, our team and our doctors after reading updated recommendations by the CDC and OSHA. Dental procedures generate a large number of droplets and aerosols. The latest advice is that our standard personal protective equipment is not effective enough to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, especially when patients are in the incubation period and are unaware they are infected. This is especially unique to our profession as children are being found to be asymptomatic carriers. This means that screening is no longer considered effective in capturing all who may be infected with the virus. Continuing to provide dental treatment and cleanings at this time is just not appropriate when trying to limit this virus.

OSHA has placed dental professionals in the “very high exposure risk” category regarding COVID-19. Current recommendations are that dentists and team members wear N95 masks for dental treatment during this pandemic. However, not only are these masks extremely difficult to obtain at this time but most importantly, they need to be conserved for other professions that are at the forefront of fighting this virus.

If your child has a true dental emergency, there will be a doctor to assist you. Please do NOT go to any Emergency Rooms and call our office first at 502-254-6097.


Rest assured that we are reading scientific and government recommendations, talking with local colleagues, and taking direction from our national organizations. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is imperative that as a community, we slow the spread of this virus, and that requires extreme measures. We are aiming to help flatten the curve by implementing this policy. We remain committed to the safety of you and your family! Please call us if you have any questions.

We appreciate your understanding as we all try to navigate through this situation.
Stay Home and Stay Healthy!

Sincerely,
Dr. Korie Acord and the Derby Pediatric Dentistry Team