Your Child's First Dental Visit: Establishing A "Dental Home"
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. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear (such as needle, pull, drill or hurt). Pediatric dental offices make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry and convey good feelings to your child about dental visits. You can say something such as, "The dentist is going to show you lots of new and fun things to make your teeth sparkle and help you have a pretty smile."
Morning appointments for little ones will usually catch them at their most refreshed time. Schedule your child's appointment for the time of day when they are the most cooperative. We realize that after-school appointments are the most convenient for parents. However, there may be times when we will need to schedule your appointment earlier in the day.
Your Child's First Visit
We welcome parents to come back into the treatment area for their child's first visit to see our dental facility and treatment procedures. However, in order for us to establish a trusting relationship with your child, we ask that parents remain in the waiting room during future visits. Please feel free to ask questions concerning your child's dental treatment at any time.