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.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. 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.
Young children (ages six months to 3 years) will be brought to one of our Baby Rooms where they will receive a special ‘knee-to-knee’ dental exam. He or she can play with age-appropriate toys while you discuss their dental care with the doctor.
Kids of ages 3 and older may visit our x-ray and brush up stations prior to being brought to our hygiene bay for their professional evaluation and cleaning. Kids will have the opportunity to lie back, relax, and enjoy viewing TV at their chair. Dental Assistants and Doctors use a variety of age-appropriate tools for kid’s teeth and will educate your child to help get him or her excited about good oral hygiene.
Teens (ages 12 and up) are part of our Teen Clinic and have special perks just for them should they require further treatment upon their return.
Parents have plenty of opportunities to discuss questions or concerns and get professional direction to keep their child’s smile healthy.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
Your child will enjoy healthy dental habits when they use these Motivational Charts. Encourage regular brushing or help them break the thumbsucking habit.
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!