Our office, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the American Dental Association (ADA) support establishing a “Dental Home” for your child. The “Dental Home,” refers to the ongoing relationship between the Primary Dental Care Provider and your child (their patient), including comprehensive dental health care beginning no later than the age of one year.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist can be an exciting and fun experience, and here are a few ways to ensure that.
If possible, inform your child of the visit and tell him or her that the dental staff will explain all the procedures before they are done and will answer any questions that they have.
Refrain from using words that may inspire fear (needle, hurt, pain, drill) when talking about the dentist.
Parents are welcome to accompany children during their initial exam, but during future appointments, it is suggested that you allow your child to experience the exam under the watchful eye of our staff. It is much easier for our dental staff to establish a close rapport with your child when you are not present. We aim to gain your child’s trust and overcome fear and apprehension. However, you are welcome to join us in the exam room if it makes you more comfortable. Please note that in the interest of the safety and privacy of our patients, children not being treated must remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.