Our team’s goal is to ensure that your child’s visit to our office is comfortable,unique and memorable.
You have a very important role preparing your child for his/her first visit to the dentist. Here are a few suggestions to prepare your child for their initial visit.
› Present the visit as a fun and exciting experience!
› Tell him/her that we will “count,” “brush,” and “shine” their teeth. By explaining terms this way, your child will better understand the purpose of the visit.
› Please avoid negative phrases that may cause anxiety to your child such as “drill,” “shots,” “pull,” etc.
› Please remember that this first visit does not involve any uncomfortable procedures and should be a fun and exciting experience!
When should the first visit be?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by age one. This is especially important if it is your first child so we can answer questions and give you suggestions as to how to better care for your child’s teeth.
When should the first “official visit” be?
We recommend your child be seen for a first official visit around age one. Before any treatment is started, we will review any questions or concerns that you may have, then we will show and tell your child what we are going to do.
We will show him/her all our “tools” and encourage the child to feel them.This will familiarize your child with our tools so they become comfortable when we use them in their mouths.
This first visit consists of a complete dental exam and cleaning which includes checking for cavities, checking their bite for correct alignment of the teeth and jaws. Radiographs will be taken only if needed. At the end of the appointment your child will receive a special prize from the doctor and the staff.