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.
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 want to help you keep your child cavity free, but in the event that they do need treatment, it will be easier for them if they’ve already established a trusting relationship with our office. At the first visit we will spend our time with you and your child discussing tooth brushing and healthy food choices. We will review medical and dental history, provide a cleaning, fluoride treatment, complete a thorough exam and obtain x-rays if necessary. We will discuss any dietary habits, medications or other factors that may place them at higher risk for cavities. We will also verify that they are receiving the proper amount of fluoride in their drinking water.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.