Children’s dental health is very important to their overall health, and we are honored you are considering our practice to provide your child’s dental care. It is our priority to give children the best, most comfortable care so their dental experience is positive.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that a child’s first visit should take place as soon as the first tooth appears or by his/her first birthday. Establishing us as your child’s dental home provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection, and treatment of dental diseases, and we keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children. Early intervention will help your child have a lifelong healthy smile.
After the initial visit, we hope to see your child regularly – every six months. These visits include the cleaning, full oral examination, hygiene, fluoride application, X-rays and healthy eating instructions.
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How do I make the first visit positive for my child?
You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and productive by following this list of do’s and don’ts.
- Have a positive attitude when telling your child about his/her dental visit. Parental anxiety plays a large role in the child’s anxiety.
- Schedule the first visit early in the day. This way your child will be well rested and the appointment will not conflict with meal or naptimes.
- Ask for an appointment time that coincides with other young patients who can serve as role models.
- Read books about visits to the dentists.
- Make it the highlight of the day. Tell the child the night before about visiting the dentist.
- Give your child instructions on how to behave (such as telling the child not to cry, sit still in the chair, or to be “good”) in the office.
- Use words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear or tell “scary” stories about going to the dentist.