First visit to The Center for Pediatric Dentistry

Bring your insurance information with you to your first appointment. Some insurance plans pay only a portion of dental treatment charges.

  • If you are fearful or anxious about seeing a dentist, ask a family member or friend to come with you and your child to the dentist appointment.
  • Talk to your child about going to the dentist. Use words your child will understand and a positive or neutral tone of voice. Avoid using terms like “shot” or “drill.”
  • Read a “visit to the dentist” picture book together – libraries and bookstores offer many good choices.
  • Try to schedule the appointment at a time that will not disrupt your child’s nap or meal times.
  • We encourage you to ask all the questions you like so we can best meet the needs of your child.

Our waiting room has comfortable seating and a play area for young children. However, we do not have babysitting services available. Because we want parents and patients to feel at ease during their visits, we have limited seating available in the treatment area for parents to join our patients during their exam.

Patient parent/guardian on premises policy

Purpose: To ensure that the patient’s parent/guardian is available to the dental team should there be any questions or concerns during the patient appointment.

Policy: Parents/guardians must remain on the premises during the duration of the patient appointment. If determined by the treating provider and supervising faculty member that it is acceptable for the parent/guardian to leave the premises, contact information must be given to the treating provider and a return time established.

Dental Surgery Center

After an extensive 18-month redesign, The Center for Pediatric Dentistry’s Dental Surgical Center (DSC) is decreasing wait times for patients, accommodating all financial situations and giving care to those who might not otherwise be able to have it. “The Dental Surgery Center… Read more.

Tips for a cavity-free childhood

Dr. Joel Berg, our founding director and now Dean of the UW School of Dentistry, has some great advice for parents to help their kids achieve healthy smiles. He talked with Scholastic Parent & Child magazine about the importance of starting good oral health practices early in life. Read more.

Dental visits to prevent tooth problems

  • Early childhood dental health
    First exam, fluoride varnish
  • School-age dental health
    6-month exam, sealants
  • Teen dental health
    6-month exam, sealants, wisdom tooth evaluation

Sugary sweets behind rise in toddler tooth decay

Tooth decay attacks baby teeth, too, and the results can be severe. One local mom found out the hard way, when her 4-year-old needed eight crowns. At The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Travis Nelson explains how parents can prevent this from happening. Watch the video here.

Snack smart guide

Tooth Guide

This is a graphic guide that can help you decide what is best for your child’s teeth at each meal. It was designed by Dr. Travis Nelson. Download the PDF version.