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. 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". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. 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. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. 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.
The AAPD has posted a video segment entitled "Your Child's First Dental Visit" on YouTube. The segment emphasizes the importance of the age-1 visit and provides an overview of what parents can expect during that visit. We hope that watching this provides some ease and welcome to your child’s first visit. Click here to view.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
Parent Fun Tools
Success of child oral health begins at home first and throughout adolescence. The foundation of oral health is established as the parents instill the importance and routine of brushing and flossing. Below are some charts to help make this practice fun at home.
The ADA has begun to share and promote Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me; a Sesame Street promotional program offering songs by Elmo and Abby, a Guide for Families with useful information and tools to use with children to reinforce good oral health habits, an online Brushing Teeth game and more. Click here for more information.
Tooth Fairy Letter - Personalized
Parents, are you looking for a special letter for your child’s first Visit from the Tooth Fairy? Click here for our customized letter.