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.
How are Appointments Scheduled?
The office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. Preschool children should be seen in the morning because they are fresher and we can work more slowly with the child for their comfort. School children with a lot of work to be done should be seen in the morning for the same reason. Dental appointments are an excused absence. Missing school can be kept to a minimum when regular dental care is continued.
Since appointed times are reserved exclusively for each patient we ask that you please notify our office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time if you are unable to keep your appointment. Another patient who needs our care could be scheduled if we have sufficient time to notify them. We realize that unexpected things can happen, but we ask for your assistance in this regard.
Do I Stay with My Child During the Visit?
We ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. 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.
We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association's recommendations to see children around their first birthday. As a service to our patients, we offer a COMPLIMENTARY well-baby checkup to infants up to 18 months of age.
During the first visit, we will examine your baby's teeth checking for decay and proper eruption. We also will check all the tissues in your infant's oral cavity as well as screening your baby's dental growth and jaw development. Our highly trained staff will go over oral hygiene care, infant safety, healthy nutrition for early years, discuss oral habits and answer every concern you have.
This appointment is a special visit and gives your baby the right start for years of positive dental care. Our goal is to support your child through the years to develop a lifetime of strong healthy teeth and gums with a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
To promote preventive dentistry in children, we offer presentations for parents. If you belong to a parent group such as pals or mother of twins that would benefit from information on teething, dental development, proper nutrition and infant safety, please contact our office so we can schedule time with you.