Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend establishing a Dental Home for your child by their first birthday. Children with a dental home are more likely to receive proper preventive care, and routine oral health treatment.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place for dental care other than the Emergency Room.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Inform your child of the visit and tell them 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 refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". We make a practice of using words that convey the same message without frightening children.
During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
If your child is not quite ready for a "complete first visit" (cleaning, fluoride, and x-rays), do not be discouraged. The dental office can be a scary and unfamiliar place to many children. Our team is trained to identify the needs of your child and adapt the first visit as necessary. Many children respond well to a Field Trip visit with lots of touching, pushing buttons, and explanations; but not a cleaning. Other children are too young or too anxious to respond to any of our techniques. Crying and/or struggling from these patients is expected and completely ok.
We Strive to Make Each and Every Visit to Our Office Fun!
Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.
Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!