Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Our offices, as well as 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 or 6 months after the first tooth is visible.
Informing your child of their upcoming visit should always be done in a positive manner. 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”. Our office makes a practice of using words that mean the same things but are pleasant and non-frightening to your child.
We invite you to stay with your child during all dental appointments, some parents are comfortable with this relationship and some parents prefer to allow their children to go back by themselves. We leave that decision up to you!