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 that your child visit the dentist by 12 months of age. 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 invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, you are always welcome to come back and sit with your child; but for the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room or patient waiting area with a supervising adult.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!