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Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by their 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.
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 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.
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.