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) 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. The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for patients.
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 his 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 require you to stay with your child during all examinations if they are under 3 years old. We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination if they are 3 or older. During future appointments, we ask that 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.
Routine procedures during the first visit include:
- Teeth cleaning
- Oral hygiene instructions
- Nutrition counseling
- Growth and development evaluations
- Evaluation of bite, tooth spacing and oral habits (thumb sucking, mouth breathing etc.)
- Fluoride treatment
- Diagnostic X-rays
- Caries Risk Assessment