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First Visit

Boy Brushing Our office, as well as The American Academy of Pediatrics (APP), 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.

What to Expect

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. Try not to make the appointment seem like something out of the ordinary for your child. Children don’t have a natural dislike for dentists so don’t let your preconceived ideas affect how your child perceives the visit.

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.

If your child is over the age of 3, we will ask that they accompany our staff by themselves through the dental appointment. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.

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