Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all 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.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you and any older siblings please refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the appropriate message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
On the day of the first appointment, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. Most times our highly trained staff can establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. However, if you would like to stay with your child during the initial examination, please make our staff aware so we can better accommodate your request. We kindly ask that you inform our office of any such requests when scheduling your child's first appointment. For future dental visits, we advise that your child accompany our staff throughout the appointment. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who do not have an appointment should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming your child to our practice.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
Your child will love getting this fun letter personalized for them from the Tooth Fairy. Not only is it fun, but it also helps educate them on the importance of proper oral health care and routine visits to the Tooth Fairy’s friend, the dentist.
Personalized Coloring Book
Your child will love having their own personalized coloring book from the dentist, and they can use it for years to come or you can preserve it in their scrapbook or baby book. It is fun and easy to use, try it yourself by clicking on one of the coloring books below.