First Dental Visit:
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that each child establish a First Dental Home by the eruption of the first tooth. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
Make your child’s first visit a lot smoother:
Avoid using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, like “needle,” “shot,” “pull” or “hurt.” The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
Children who trust their dentists don’t fear dental visits. We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. This gives you the opportunity to see our team in action and allows our Pediatric Dental Specialists to discuss dental findings and treatment needs directly with you. During future appointments, we encourage children over 4 years of age to come back with our dental team through the rest of the dental experience by themselves as this builds confidence and trust.
The First Visit to the Dentist
» A preventive home-care program.
» A caries-risk assessment.
» Information about early childhood caries.
» Tips on the best nursing habits and sippy-cup use.
» The latest facts on finger, thumb and pacifier habits.
» Guidance on preventing mouth and tooth injuries.
» Information on growth and development.