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Smile Surfers works hard to make your visits with us as easy as possible. We’ll do everything we can to stay inside your budget by accepting:
- Major Credit Cards
Most major insurance plans are happily accepted, and we are PPO providers for a number of carriers, allowing our patients to take advantage of the flexibility.
What Will Happen at My Child's First Dental Appointment?
A Friendly Greeting
When you visit Smile Surfers, our dental team will always greet you with a smile. We’d be delighted to assist you with any questions, comments, or worries that you might have.
You’ll be given a customized tour of our office, led by your own “Surf Instructor” (a Dental Team member)!
When your little surfer is comfortable with their surroundings, we’ll take x-rays, clean their teeth thoroughly, and talk about their oral and general health. Your Surf Instructor will almost certainly highlight the significance of proper diet and general health.
We're Grinning Ear-to-Ear Now That You're Here!
It’s imperative to us that you and your child feel like you’ve just found your new dental home and family. We can’t wait to watch your little surfer grow into a young adult!
Need Some Advice For The First Visit?
Not to worry - we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeve for you! Check out our FAQs below.
This is my child's first dentist visit. Do you have any suggestions for making it a memorable experience for them?
You’re not alone! There’s no need to be concerned. These suggestions will help you encourage your little surfer’s interest in seeing the dentist.
- Use upbeat and friendly language when discussing the dentist.
- Attend your child’s dentist visits with them.
- Make it obvious that the dentist is their “dental home” to help your little surfer create a healthy bond with him or her.
- The less fuss, the better. It’s best to avoid telling your kiddo until the day of the visit.
- Tell your little surfer that the dentist will check his or her teeth to make sure they are in good health.
- Getting a good night’s sleep can help your kiddo prepare for the visit!
- A dental appointment should not be used as a punishment for disobedience.
- Maintain a strong oral hygiene regimen in front of the kids to provide a positive example
Remember: Dental appointments are an important part of a child’s development. You should not provide any incentives or indicate that they should be concerned at all.
Can I accompany my child during their appointment?
Totally! We highly encourage all parents to accompany their children to their visits. This makes your child more relaxed throughout the visit and allows us to collaborate with you on a treatment plan for his or her oral and overall health.
Are dental x-rays safe
Absolutely! A dental x-ray emits very little radiation, and your little surfer will be protected by a lead apron and other safety measures. Dental radiography not only identify cavities, but also follow growth patterns in your child’s teeth and help your dentist discover bone problems as well as other conditions. They show abnormalities and indications that a physical examination might miss. Early detection and resolution of potential issues can save you a lot of money in the long run. As such, y our child’s dentist may recommend an x-ray once or twice every 12 months depending on their risk factors for dental decay and other medical conditions.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, please call our nearest office and our team will do everything possible to get your child in right away.
- Call our Sumner office: (253) 833-5137
For further information and recommendations on what to do in case of a dental emergency, visit this page: Emergency Dentistry page
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Smile Surfers does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
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