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.
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.
We strive to make each
and every visit to our office a fun one!
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