Iris Pediatric Dentistry - Denver

Child’s First Appointment in Denver

A child's first dental visit sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
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Building Strong Oral Health for a Lifetime of Smiling

At our practice, we aim to provide the best start for your child’s oral hygiene journey by helping them establish good habits and tracking their progress as they grow. We understand the unique challenges and rewards of caring for children, and strive to provide personalized guidance that is tailored to their specific needs. A healthy smile is crucial for children’s development, and we are here to support and guide them towards a lifetime of happy smiles.

Getting ready for your first appointment

Feel free to talk to your child about the upcoming trip to the dentist. The main purpose of your child’s first visit is to relax, have some fun, and start building a positive relationship with the dentist. Sometimes, not knowing what to expect can make people feel a little nervous. Here’s what your child can expect during their first appointment:

Talk and Listen

We will talk to you and your child, explain what we’re going to do and why and familiarize your child with some of the tools we use. We speak in kid-friendly language and explain any lingo so they can feel as comfortable and assured as possible. See! We’re not so scary after all.

Gently Examine

We will gently examine your child’s gums, tongue, teeth and overall health. Our exam will uncover any areas of concern or tricky spots that may need some extra attention at home. We will provide you with personalized guidance and make a note to pay special attention to those spots during the next appointment.


We might ask your child to show us how they brush their teeth and then give them gentle instructions on how to improve brushing their teeth at home. We would love to answer any questions you or your child have about dental health.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your child will start to cut their first teeth at around 6 months. It is recommended that children visit the dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months of getting their first tooth. If you suspect something might be wrong or your child might be experiencing discomfort or pain, please book an appointment as soon as possible. It’s never too late for a child to have their first dental appointment.
Baby teeth are no less important than adult teeth. Parents should understand that baby teeth do so much more than hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth. Children’s teeth can permanently affect how their face appears, how they smile and how often they smile. Children who are free to develop confidence and smile big in their early years tend to hang on to those habits. Dental pain, even mild pain that children learn to normalize, will have a lasting negative impact on children’s eating habits including how they chew, what kind of food they prefer and how much food they eat.
The length of the appointment will depend on the needs of the child and how cooperative they’re feeling during the exam. That being said, an appointment typically lasts about one hour.
After your first appointment, your child should come to the dentist as frequently as you do. We recommend a checkup and cleaning every 6 months unless otherwise specified. If your child has a tooth or jaw ache if you notice them rubbing or nursing their jaw a lot or if you notice them avoiding hard or cold foods please book an appointment sooner.
Your mouth isn’t just your teeth. It’s a whole system including teeth, tongue, gums, cheeks, glands, ligaments, joints, bone and more. When one aspect of your oral health sugars, your whole mouth suffers. Swollen itchy, sore or bleeding gums can be an early indicator of a much more serious problem.

Domanica Dudley

My girls and I had such a wonderful experience visiting Iris Pediatric Dentistry for the first time. From the moment we walked it, we felt welcome. The two dental assistants were extremely helpful and very friendly. They both educated my daughter's on the importance of teeth brushing and dental hygiene. Dr. Murray was so willing to answer any questions I had and was very helpful in providing a plan going forward for my oldest daughter's orthodontic care. I will most definitely recommend this office!

Ashley Sharp

Iris Pediatric Dentistry was amazing! My littles had never been to the dentist before and my son in particular was a little nervous. Dr. Leslie took her time, explained everything to him in a developmentally appropriate way, and made sure he was comfortable before proceeding with each step. My kids are now excited to go back! Definitely recommend.

Stan Volman

I took my two-year-old daughter for her first-time visit to a dentist. The facility looked amazing and very kid-friendly. The staff is so professional dealing with children, I was very impressed. Dr. Leslie took her time to convince my daughter that everything would be just great. I am completely satisfied with our new kid dentist. Thank you very much. See you in six months.

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