First Visit

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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.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination if they are under four years of age. At the initial visit or during future appointments, if your child is four or older, our approach is to have you remain in the reception room and to have your child accompany our staff through the dental experience. At four years of age children are at a developmental stage where they are quite proud of themselves when they can accomplish something on their own. Even if their first visit coming back without you includes a difficult separation or they become upset, we address this situation with experience and compassion. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence, establish a closer rapport, and overcome apprehension. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

Kids Zone

Motivational Charts

Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.

Activity Sheets

Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!

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