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.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the
Emergency Room for parents.
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.
It is best if you 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 same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We strive to make each dental visit pleasant for every patient. We realize that each child has different needs and anxieties and therefore we invite and encourage you to stay with your child during dental visits and procedures. Most children are more comfortable when a parent is with them, so you are welcome to come into the treatment areas and stay with your child during the entire appointment.
It is important for you to be a part of the dental development of your child. This is a very exciting part of their life, we don’t want you to miss it!