The Dental Center of Granger
12840 SR 23, Granger, IN 46530

Your One-Year-Old Child’s First Visit to a Kids Dentist

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Pediatric dentists play a critical role in maximizing oral health for infants and children. Pediatricians and dental professionals agree that every child should see a dentist by the time he or she is one year old. Tooth decay has reached epidemic proportions in American children. One out of every four kids has at least one cavity by his or her fourth birthday, and many develop them earlier. To prevent early cavities and tooth loss, you need to schedule a professional dental exam; your child’s dentist can then determine the risk of decay. Besides assessing risk, the first visit will include advice about issues like dental hygiene, thumb sucking, teething pain, and the effects of diet on your child’s teeth.

Your Kid’s First Visit to the Dentist



When looking for pediatric dentists who are child-friendly, knowledgeable, responsive, and patient with small children, be sure the kids dentist answers all of your questions clearly, and focuses on your child’s specific dental care needs. A good dental clinic will offer emergency contact information, give detailed follow-up instructions, tell you what will occur next in your child’s dental development, and promote preventative care. To save time, ask the office to mail you any forms you’ll need to fill out for the initial visit. When the big day arrives, bring along your child’s favorite toy or another object that will bring comfort and ease fears.

What to Expect 
at the Initial Dental Exam


During the initial consultation, pediatric dentists address oral health for infants and children by reviewing their dental and medical histories, discussing health issues that will likely occur in the future, and responding to parent questions and concerns. Your kids dentist will probably examine your child’s mouth manually while you are holding him or her in your lap. During the visit, you’ll learn how to clean your child’s teeth properly. The dentist may also perform a dental cleaning, especially if your child’s teeth are stained. If it appears that your child is at higher risk for cavities, your dentist will discuss preventative treatments and follow-up care. Working together with a kids dentist, you can give your child the best chances of having a healthy smile for life.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Granger, call The Dental Center of Granger today at (574) 807-0438 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Granger. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Granger, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of Granger.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Knowledge of the employees and their kindness and consideration.
Gayle G.
My hygienist was very sweet and helpful! She was very thorough and answered all of my questions and made my appointment quick and easy.
Jenae L.
Fast, friendly, affordable
Raymond H.
Friendly staff. Good service
Karen K.
The technician, Julie, did a really good job cleaning my teeth and taking a few x-rays. The dentist, Dr. Cochran, was very pleasant and reassuring. Good job all around. Thanks.
Nellie T.
I’m a mom of 6, and tend to put off self care things that I don’t deem nessicary (which means very few visits to dentists for me). I had an emergency and they were able to get me in promptly and […]
Kellie C.
I’ve been a patient for greater then 20 years. First because they were conveniently located to my home but I’ve stayed due to the excellent care. Dr Douglas and the staff are always professional […]
Don C.
Quality of care. Reasonable charges.
John P.
Every thing went smoothly and (my teeth) had improved from the last time I was there. Can’t ask for more…..
Frances W.
Jan 2018. Great staff here at the Granger office. Cheryl is an excellent hygienist. My wife and I have been coming here for a few years. Beautiful reception area to relax before your appointment.
Gerard E.
Staff was very knowledgeable and kind!
April S.
Julie takes great care of me
Maryjo W.
Kid friendly
Chloe P.
The dental center is so professional but equally as relaxing. The employees make it feel like such a relaxed and fun setting. They should be so proud of how they interact
James T.
Very friendly staff and I love how things were explained to me in a way I could understand.
Belinda S.
Everyone is always so friendly. They always do a great job.
Allyssa Z.
Julie does an excellent job. She is gentle and thorough and very nice.
Jeff S.
Exceptional service by Cheryl
Alex M.
Pleased with your service and network.
Jeff K.
Great service
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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