Kerber Smiles
Patient Resources

Dr. Lori Kerber wants your family to be healthy. That’s why she’s added these resources to help make your child’s healthy teeth a reality. Questions? Give us a call at our conveniently located Kenosha, WI, office.

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Kerber Smiles Patient Resources

Dr. Lori Kerber wants your family to be healthy. That’s why she’s added these resources to help make your child’s healthy teeth a reality. Questions? Give us a call at our conveniently located Kenosha, WI, office.

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New Patients: (262) 287-9399

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Preparing for the First Visit

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Preparing for
the First Visit

Dr. Lori Kerber would like to welcome you to your child’s new dental home. At Kerber Smiles in Kenosha, WI, we take the time to educate you, and your child, about the importance dentistry plays in their life.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association, and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

Set Expectations to Ease Fears

Tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help your child stay healthy. Talk about the visit positively, matter-of-factly, as you would about any significant new experience. The less said concerning the visit, the better. Remember, their visit to the office can be an enjoyable adventure for both you and your child.

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On your first visit to Kerber Smiles, your child will be introduced to our dental team and shown all the instruments (the tooth counter, the tooth mirror, etc.). We also help them learn the importance of preventive home care skills to keep their teeth healthy and strong.

Dr. Lori Kerber will gently examine your child’s teeth, gums, and X-rays will only be taken if necessary. The X-rays will help us detect tooth decay and the development of permanent teeth. Orthodontic evaluations are also completed at the same time. Depending on your child’s age, a thorough teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment may be performed.

Dentistry at Your Child’s Pace

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If your child is apprehensive, a cleaning and fluoride treatment will not be pushed! We want our patients to leave our office with a smile on their faces. Pleasant visits to our Kenosha, WI practice will help a child establish trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. Additional treatment, if required, will be discussed and scheduled for a future date.

Our goal is to develop a close and direct rapport with your child to gain their trust quickly. We encourage parents to allow us to do this by remaining in the waiting area while we treat their children. In addition, we have found that children respond more positively when they are allowed to be independent.

Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to fear. A parent’s positive and encouraging words following the visit, such as “You were very brave today”, “Isn’t it easy to have your teeth counted”, etc., will help your child for their following visits. We strive to make every visit to our office a fun one!

First Visit Pointers

Things to DO

Prepare your child for the dentist with storytime. Here are a few excellent children’s books about going to the dentist:

  1. Dora Goes to the Dentist
  2. Brush, Brush, Brush!
  3. Peppa Pig: Dentist Trip
  4. Just Going to the Dentist
  5. Elmo Visits the Dentist
  6. ABC Dentist
  7. Vera Goes to the Dentist
  8. The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
  9. Clark the Shark: Tooth Trouble
  10. Curious George Visits the Dentist

Make early appointments that don’t conflict with nap or mealtime. Young children do best when they’re well-rested.

The best time for a young child’s dental visit is in the morning. Early dental experiences will set the tone for how your child will forever view their trips to the dentist. Make these visits a priority.

Set a good example by letting your child see you brush and floss regularly.

Things to AVOID

Don’t let your child know that you have any anxiety about visiting the dentist.

Don’t use a dental visit as a means of punishment. For example, do not let anyone tell your child scary stories about a dental visit.

Don’t bribe your child into going to the dentist. Promising a special gift tends to make children suspicious. Offering a reward indicates that there is something to fear.

Do not come for a visit when your child is not feeling well. They will be miserable and not have a good experience. In addition, they may infect other children with their poor experience and possibly their illness.

A parent or legal guardian is required to be present on the day of your child’s first dental visit. We cannot begin your child’s visit without accompaniment by either a parent or legal guardian.

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Timeline of Your Child’s Dental Health

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Timeline of Your Child’s Dental Health

Creating good healthy oral habits is essential from an early age. Board-certified Pediatric Dentist Dr. Lori Kerber shares her expertise on important milestones in your child’s dental development.

Establishing Good Oral Health Habits

It’s important to establish good oral habits from a young age. Dr. Lori Kerber can guide your family to best prepare your child for a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles. Use the guide below to learn what Dr. Kerber recommends for your child’s oral development.

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Planning for your child’s oral development from birth, or even before birth, can ensure good habits are formed at an early age. For example, their first set of baby teeth is already formed under the gums when your baby is born. For children breastfeeding, be sure to wipe the child's teeth and gums after feeding. Before teeth have erupted, Dr. Kerber recommends using a soft cloth to clean their gums and mouth gently. This will keep their mouth clean and get them used to having something in their mouth. These teeth will push through their gums around six months old. Baby teeth are essential for eating, talking, and smiling. They are also crucial for ensuring the proper growth of your child’s adult teeth. Dr. Lori Kerber recommends that children see a pediatric dentist when they are one year old or when their first tooth has erupted, whichever comes first. Read more about your child’s first visit to the dentist. TIP FROM DR. KERBER: Do not allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle in the crib, as this can lead to early tooth decay.
By the time your child is 2 years old, they should have had their first visit to the dentist and be visiting the dentist twice a year for regular checkups and examinations. By now, your child should be brushing their teeth twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush. Dr.Kerber emphasizes that this age is key to establishing a good routine that will last them their whole life. Create good habits at this age, and your child will be well-equipped for life. TIP FROM DR. KERBER: Stop using pacifiers, as these influence the proper growth of teeth. This is also a good time to establish your child on a healthy, balanced diet.
By this age, your child should be nearly independent when it comes to brushing their teeth, however, they will still need parental guidance for their oral hygiene until the age of 10. Following a well-established routine in the morning and evening. Flossing can be difficult for children of this age and may require parental assistance. Regular checkups to the dentist for X-rays and examinations are important to prevent cavities and ensure proper growth of their adult teeth. This is also the age when Dr. Kerber will evaluate your child for any orthodontic needs that could be required at this age or in the future. TIP FROM DR. KERBER: Lead by example! This is a great age for brushing to be a family affair. It is not only a time to bond with your child, but it will also cement those good oral habits.
By now, most kids will have their full set of adult teeth. Dr. Kerber recommends this age as a perfect time for orthodontics to straighten out any issues. Regular visits to the dentist and good oral habits are paramount at this age. Daily brushing and flossing should be happening with little to no parental supervision. TIP FROM DR.KERBER: Flossing is key at this age. By now most kids are proficient brushers, but this is when flossing becomes just as important.
Regular cleanings and routine exams should be happening every six months, and maybe more frequently if your child is receiving orthodontic treatment. This is the age when most children will have their wisdom evaluated and removed. The age of 16 is when many children/ young adults transition to their family dentist for their dental care TIP FROM DR.KERBER: Sedation dentistry is perfectly safe for children and often used during more intensive procedures or special circumstances. Learn more about Dr. Kerber’s sedation dentistry options for children.

New Patient Forms

Filling out these forms will save you time when you visit. Please provide our office with your patient registration and health history forms when you arrive for your first scheduled appointment.

Motivational Charts

Get your child excited about their dental care with our fun charts!

Adobe Acrobat is required to view the patient disclosure, health history form, and motivational charts. If you have trouble seeing the forms or need accommodation, please contact our office. Click here to download the Acrobat software.

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Join Our Kerber Smiles Membership Club

and get your child’s preventive care for a low monthly
subscription fee.

Patient Financing

We offer financing to get your child the care they need with easy monthly payments using a health credit card called CareCredit. Apply today.

Read What Kenosha is Saying

Learn why patients from all over the Kenosha, WI, area love Dr. Lori Kerber and her dedicated dental team. We genuinely care about our patients and it shows in our reviews.


“Dr Kerber was so knowledgeable and helped our daughter be less anxious with the dental extractions that were required for her braces. Very professional staff!” –Cheri G.


“Best place EVER! Always made my kids feel special and my kids were excited to go to dentist! Kind and thoughtful staff and always appreciated the games and fun decor in the waiting room.” –Michelle P.


“Always kind and friendly. My daughter loves going and feels safe and well-cared for. They take time to explain procedures and concerns. I would recommend Kerber Smiles to anyone.” –Amy G.


New Patients Call
(262) 287-9399

2901 35th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
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