Child’s first dental appointment

When Should Your Child Start

Seeing the Dentist?


We get asked this quite a lot. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says your child should start seeing the dentist at age 1, or as soon as they get their first tooth. You may think “isn’t that to young” or “what would happen at a first visit if they only have one tooth”. Those are great questions!

First Dental Appointment

The first dental appointment will be more educational parents. Our goal is to focus on prevention.  The sooner we can prevent oral decay, the healthier your child will be. We inform you of good and bad foods, discuss sleeping habits and strategies, brushing techniques and what to expect when your child is teething.

What Happens During the Appointment?

Not all days are good days for your child and we understand that. Sometimes we have days where they are willing for us to brush, other days we have to take it slow. Crying is a normal occurrence at this age, as they don’t like the idea of anyone brushing their teeth. We brush with a regular toothbrush that you take home and they get a fluoride vitamin that lasts up to 6 months. We recommend brushing for 2 songs, in our office we sing ABC’s on the top and Twinkle Twinkle for the bottom. After, they leave with a smile and a prize, of course. Taking your children along to your cleaning appointments to watch also helps them get familiar with their surroundings. After a few dental appointments, they soon get comfortable with the routine and become excited for their next trip to the office.

By focusing on preventing tooth decay, we hope to be your partner in raising cavity free kids!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call Dr. Jodi McGrady at  (858) 748-3090 or you may visit American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for other fun facts.

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No Bake Cheesecake

Looking for a good Cheesecake Recipe? Look no further!


Hey there, my name is Emma, the Office Manager at McGrady Dental Group. I am a queen for deserts and have an amazing cheesecake recipe that’s not only super easy, but SO good! I have tried many recipes ranging from minimal ingredients to baking in the oven. None are as good as this one right here.

It’s an easy cheesecake that’s fun to make with your kids and doesn’t require baking. Trust me, it won’t last longer than a day or two in your house. I found the recipe from Mel’s Kitchen.

Well, lets get to it!



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (7.25 ounces, about 13 rectangle graham crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature (but not warm)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream


  1. For the crust, in a medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir in the melted butter until well-combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1- or 2-inches up the sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan or into the bottom and sides of a 9.5-inch pie plate (a regular 9-inch pie plate might work but the crust and filling will be extra thick). Refrigerate until the filling is ready.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric handheld mixer (or using an electric stand mixer), mix the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and light, 2-3 minutes. Add the sour cream and whipping cream and mix until very thick and creamy, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Spread the filling evenly into the prepared crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Serve plain, with fresh fruit or a fruit sauce (see note above).

Now eat up and send us your photos using the #McGradyDental.

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