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Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. 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.
Do I Stay with My Child During the Visit?
We invite you to stay with your child during all cleaning and restorative appointments. Many pediatric dental practices suggest that parents wait in the reception area while their child is being seen. Our philosophy is quite the contrary. We believe that helping parents raise healthy smiles is a partnership between you and your children and our dental team. Communication to both parent and child about their total oral health is key to averting future complications and building great dental habits for life. For this reason we love the opportunity of talking with you and your children together at their appointments.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.